The Curatorial department at STEAM have been working on a conservation and re-storage project for over 100 fragile and historically important handbills. The handbills all date from 1909 and highlight the very interesting social history of the Edwardian period.
|January 1909 handbill|
Some of the most interesting handbills advertise excursion trips to top league football matches. Famous named clubs such as Aston Villa, West Bromwich and Reading appear on the handbills, but other clubs such as Glossop and Clapton Orient (later renamed Leyton Orient) also appear playing against these top flight teams. Even 100 years ago football played an important part in people's lives and the GWR was making it possible for the fans to travel to matches.
The handbills are a great find and definately make for an interesting read!
|Reverse of February 1909 handbill showing football fixtures|