Rothesay project aims for postcard world record

Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage is working with the Rothesay THI on a world record bid for the largest number of postcards sent to one place in teh course of a single weekend.
Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage is working with the Rothesay THI on a world record bid for the largest number of postcards sent to one place in teh course of a single weekend.

Rothesay could be set for a place in the record books, and you can help it get there - just by sending a postcard!

As part of the community engagement programme for the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative, Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage is hoping to set a record for the largest number of postcards sent to one place in the course of a single weekend.

The record attempt has been inspired by an extensive private archive held by one Rothesay resident and featuring many postcards which were not sent as holiday souvenirs but as simple exchanges of information - often over what we might think of today as unusually short distances.

Paul Duffy from Brandanii said: “In a Victorian and Edwardian world without home telephones, mobiles, tablets or computers, postcards offered the cheapest and most efficient way for people to exchange short amounts of information with each other over longer distances.

“Effectively they were the text messages and tweets of the day and with up to six deliveries a day in larger towns and cities it was relatively easy to stay in touch.”

Paul and the THI team are hoping to re-live this golden age of postcards by getting as many people to send a postcard to a single Rothesay address during the course of the forthcoming spring bank holiday weekend.

To count, the postcard must be posted between May 24 and 27, and be sent to 19 Montague Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DA.

Paul added: “We would love a sentence or two on your postcard about either what is great about Rothesay, or what is great about where you live, and one thing you have done that day.”

The record attempt has been endorsed by Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell, who said: “I am urging everyone to spread the word, be it with friends and family, on Twitter and on Facebook, and to take the time to send a postcard.

“Some schools have already become involved. Basically if we can all tell ten to tell ten the record could be achieved.”

If enough postcards are received an installation will be created in the town in June telling the story of the event.