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The Art of the Letter

September 9 - November 19

Before the advent of the internet, communication between people separated by distance took place in the form of a letter. Paper, pens, ink and envelopes were basic requirements to form a link to family, friends or colleagues, sharing news of the best and worst kind. Anticipation built during days, months or years of waiting, not knowing what to expect until the letter finally arrived.

The Art of the Letter features a variety of written communications exhibited from the AM&HS collection along with tools, equipment and furniture from across the years. Letter structure and purposes are explained alongside examples of the skilled penmanship, now contested by the speed and convenience of modern-day living.

Come and relive the magic and art of the written word.


September 9
November 19
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum
329 West Street
Ashburton, New Zealand
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum
03 307 7890