Putting Pen to Paper

Ellen Hutchins Festival, Bantry Library, Bridge Street, Bantry, Co. Cork County
August 17th, 2020 - August 24th, 2020
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When Ellen Hutchins wrote her letters to botanists and her brothers, she was using letter writing materials that had been in use for many centuries. She was part of a tradition of writing letters to communicate knowledge and share stories that had existed down the ages. Correspondence was essential for botanists in the early 1800s, as the way of informing each other about new plants. Discover how the postal system worked 200 years ago - before envelopes, and without stamps as we know them.

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