Letters @ Lyme
LETTERS @ LYME
BY MARK CROASDALE
Commissioned by Trust New Art, National Trust
Supported by Waterside Arts Centre, Creative Industries Trafford
A new art work & interactive creative writing project celebrating the art of the handwritten letter.
The art work explored the Regency art of the 'crossed letter'. Writers including Jane Austen would often layers their letters, writing both horizontally and vertically. This technique would save money on paper and postage, but often proved difficult to read.
Visitors to Lyme Park, Disley were invited to don a Regency hat, pick up a quill and write letters about their travels. These letters were then folded and sealed in the Regency manner, before being hand delivered to strangers by a postal worker, Steph Reynolds, on a hobbyhorse named Ned.
Photography by Jason Lock, courtesy of National Trust supported by Waterside Arts Centre/CIT.
Learn more about the new play and companion piece - Letters From Egypt.
Read a selection of the letters in the gallery below.