‘Postcards from the Past’ is a series of postcard conversations based on family memories and imaginings about the ‘delicate’ children who, in 1948, travelled from Manchester and Salford to Switzerland to stay for three months with Swiss families to improve their health.
Inspired by the postcards that many Swiss hosts sent back to the children’s families in Manchester and Salford, ‘Postcards’ illustrates how personal stories ripple across the generations in ways that connect us not only to the past but the future.
As a result of seeing the archive film which recorded the children’s return to Manchester, a group of ‘delicate’ children and their relatives are sharing family stories and memories in the form of postcards. These will be published on the website, together with other writing and images that help tell their family stories across the generations.
‘Postcards’ is encouraging the ‘delicate’ children who are now in their seventies and eighties to share their stories with family members, celebrate their experiences and record their memories. Relatives and younger family members are also being encouraged to think about these experiences, by asking questions, putting themselves in their parents/grandparents/relative’s shoes and talking about how they would feel if similar experiences were to happen to them now
Talking, Listening, Connecting
Sharing Family Stories
Becoming part of Manchester and Salford’s Histories