The Travelling Letter Exchange

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Ian Anstice in Jane Austen


Travelling Letter Bureau‘The Travelling Letter Exchange’ is a touring letter writing bureau designed by artist Laura Jamieson. She invites you to sit down, write a letter and create a new archive of letters that shows what it is like to live in the North West in 2017. 

Designed to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, the bureau celebrates the art of letter writing, everyone who writes a letter will receive a letter in return from another participant.

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The Exchange will be open at business at these locations and dates:


Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th                        Leigh Library, Wigan

Tuesday 29th to Friday 1st September                 Walkden Library, Salford


Monday 4th to Friday 8th                                      Ansdell Library, Lancashire

Monday 11th to Friday 15th                                  Formby Library, Sefton

Monday 18th to Thursday 21st                             Blackpool Central Library

Saturday 23rd to Wednesday 27th                       Padgate Library, Warrington

Friday 29th to Monday 2nd                                   Northwich Library, Cheshire


Wednesday 4th to Friday 7th                               Urmston Library, Trafford 

Monday 9th to Thursday 12th                              Birkenhead Central Library, Wirral 

Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th                            Littleborough Library, Rochdale

Thursday 19th to Saturday 22nd                          Blackburn Central Library    

Tuesday 24th to Saturday 29th                            Cheadle Library, Stockport    

Tuesday 31st to Friday 3rd November                 Tameside Central Library 


Monday 6th to Tuesday 7th                                  Penrith Library, Cumbria

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th                             Newton Le Willows Library

Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th                                 Oldham Library

Monday 20th to Saturday 25th                              Halton Lea Library

Tuesday 28th to Saturday 2nd                              Manchester Central Library


Tuesday 5th  to Thursday 7th                               Huyton Library, Knowsley

Saturday 9th to Wednesday 13th                          Liverpool Central Library

Friday 15th to Tuesday 19th                                 Bolton Central Library

Wednesday 21st to early January                         Bromley Cross Community Library

Thursday 21st to Tuesday 9th January                 Bury Central Library

Laura Jamieson said “Jane Austen is obviously famous for her books, but many people don't now about her prolific letter writing that documented the minutia of her everyday life. These letters now act as documents that give us an insight into the passions and interests of society in the 1800's. In response to today’s environment of digital communications where we can be in contact with someone on the other side of the world instantly, but also where we don't keep or cherish our conversation, the letter exchange is an invitation to sit for a while, reflect on your life in 2017 and commit your thoughts to paper.”

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