As you are no doubt aware; Christmas is coming! Sending your nearest and dearest a card at Christmas is a long-standing tradition reaching back into the Victorian era. They are a way to spread a little good cheer, reconnect with distant family members, recap the year’s events and bring a smile to your loved one’s face. Queen Victoria herself was a fan of sending Christmas cards, buying thousands to send to her vast amount of royal relatives but also to her neighbours at Windsor and Osbourne. Today we send cards for nearly every occasion imaginable, and the Greg family was no different.
In January Quarry Bank Mill will be installing a brand new exhibition based around a collection of cards sent by Emily Gair Greg – “Emmy” – the great-granddaughter of Quarry Bank’s founder Samuel Greg. In 1876 Emmy caught the dreaded Scarlet Fever and passed away but her lively, loving memory lives on in the cards she sent to her mother and aunt.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been given permission by Ellen Fenton, our Learning & Interpretation Manager, to give you a sneak-peek at some of the cards – all of which are gorgeous, intricate and full of affection -and hopefully tempt you to come and check out the exhibition when it opens.
A little closer to the opening of the exhibition I’ll also be writing a feature post on Emmy and the impact she had on her family so keep your eyes peeled!