The Art of Letter Writing

The Art of Letter Writing is a multi layered literature and heritage project exploring the lost art of letter writing and the pleasure we get from sending and receiving letters.

It begins by looking at historic letters brought along to the workshop by an archivist from the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock. Some of these letters date from the early 1800s and it’s thrilling to be able to handle the originals. All have a Derbyshire connection and give an insight into what life was life in days gone by, from the work of a Chatsworth ladies maid to the job of a First World War soldier.

Participants will be creating a beautiful illuminated letter using traditional gilding techniques.

The workshops that follow involve:

People bringing along their own letters to share, which prompts much conversation and reminiscence.

Making an illuminated letter using gilding paper and traditional techniques.

Writing a letter, usually to a family member of friend and including a stamped addressed envelope to ensure a speedy reply.


To date, we have worked with a number of organisations that support the elderly across Bolsover District, Chesterfield and the Peak District with great success. By taking part in the project participants have developed an improved sense of wellbeing and enthusiasm for life and found renewed pleasure from writing and receiving letters and connecting to others. The project also helps people by supporting their mental and emotional health and encouraging social interaction between participants and their friends and families.

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