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Aussie emigration letters on display

Press AssociationPress Association 21/11/2016 Alan Jones

Letters spanning more than 315 years of the UK's history, ranging from eye witness accounts of wars, to the challenge of emigrating to Australia, are being showcased by the Royal Mail.

More than 1,600 letters are featured in an online gallery, collected to mark the 500th anniversary of the postal group.

The company said it was overwhelmed by the response to its Letters Of Our Lives campaign, after it asked people to submit letters or postcards detailing key moments in their family history.

David Gold, director of public affairs at Royal Mail, said: "The response from the public has been fantastic. We have been overwhelmed by the number of letters and postcards we've received. While reading the letters, our team has experienced every emotion, from tears and sadness to joy and laughter.

"Our original hope was that the letters would allow us to build a picture of how life really was for communities throughout the ages but they've revealed much more than we could have ever imagined. They've presented a new side to key moments in history and given us a unique insight to the thoughts and feelings of communities over the last 300 years."

All the letters submitted to the campaign are being showcased on a special online gallery on www.royalmailgroup.com/lettersofourlives.

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