Spring is in the air!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day

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This World War One card is in our collection. Sent by Sergeant JM Innes ‘To Bonnie Jean’

Young soldiers and their sweethearts separated by the war frequently conducted their romance through romantic picture postcards. Embroidered silk cards were a firm favourite. Hand-stitched by French and Belgian women or a family group, a thriving cottage industry soon developed with the standard of work at times superb.

Sprays of flowers and foliage were the most popular designs with flags; birds and lucky horseshoes following close behind.They were embroidered silks to send to ‘My sweetheart’, ‘Dear Mother’, ‘Dear Sister’ ‘Dear Wife’ and ‘Dear Children.’ Some of the most sought-after silks today are ones that display regimental crests or badges.

The Highlanders’ Museum currently has an exhibition on letters and the vital link between soldiers and home. We are open from 10am and last entry is 3.15pm

The Highlanders’ Museum has a huge collection of objects and documents. If you are researching your family hisory and think you have a connection with the Seaforths, Camerons, Lovat Scouts or Liverpool Scottish go to our research page. Our dedicated volunteers can do some digging for you or you can come in and spend a day in our archives yourself.

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