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Module 4: Letter in the Attic education pack

Any of the resources below could be used as the basis of this lesson. To explore the resources:

  1. Follow the link from each resource to the introductory page in the Letter in the Attic online exhibition.
  2. Then follow the link at the bottom of the introductory page to the full catalogue entry for the resource. 

Below you can download a lesson plan to use with the resource. The catalogue contains original scans, transcripts and background information for each resource.

Suggested resources

A Sprig from the Vine
Letters of a Georgian windmill owner, c 1825-1836
William Vine (LIA9)

To my lifelong friend
Letter of a conscientious objector, 1945
Gordon Harris (LIA10)

Was it not delightful?
Letters on meeting her future husband in Brighton, 1860-61
Sarah Sedgewick (LIA11)

In memory of our dear mother
Diary and memoir of a Moulsecoomb widow, 1930s
Florence and Ada Elphick (LIA12)

No onions and the Great Dictator
Diaries of a Brighton cinema-goer, 1940s-60s
Hinda Harris (LIA14)

Hitler was supposed to invade today
Wartime diaries of a Lewes woman, 1940-1944
Margery May(LIA15)

Damaged in enemy action
A child’s correspondence in World War II, 1943-1945
Beryl Speed (LIA16)

This longed for day has arrived…
Letters of a Brighton Prisoner of War, 1918
Alfred Langrish (LIA19)

Applying for vacancy as advertised
Letters of a Welsh carpenter in Brighton in search of work, 1930
Thomas Fairchild (LIA20)

A Victorian schoolgirl writes to her parents
Letters written by two Brighton schoolgirls in 1830s
Sarah and Deborah Alexander (LIA32)

I expect you want a wedding cake
Letters between childhood sweethearts, 1936
George and Violet (LIA44)

My Victory Book
Schoolbooks and memoir, 1945-1947
Margaret Hutchings (LIA72)

    Learning intention
  • To use and investigate a set of primary sources
  • To ask and answer questions, using evidence from a range of sources

  • Download the complete lesson plan
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