Letters of Love and War: a major new book from the St Levan Local HIstory Group

Letters of Love and War: a major new book from the St Levan Local HIstory Group
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

By: Rachel, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Added: 29 April 2014

Letters of Love and War: a Cornish tale of romance during the Great War

Based on a series of wartime letters exchanged by betrothed sweethearts Harry Trewern and Gertie Foster between 1913 and 1916, Letters of Love and War is a major new book from Christine Gendall and Judith Piper of the St Levan Local History Group.

Bringing to life the blossoming romance between young Harry, a St Levan farmer; and Gertie, a Somerset schoolmistress, the book includes a wealth of letters, photographs and first-hand records. It was a correspondence that would lead to their marriage, but also tells of the gathering storm clouds of conflict; revealing the stories of some of those St Levan, Sennen and St Buryan men who gave their lives in the Great War.

The official book launch takes place in the Clore Learning Space at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno on Thursday 8th May from 6pm. Members of the St Levan Local History Group will talk about the book and the process of retelling Harry and Gertie’s story a century on. Entry to the book launch is free, and the book will be available to purchase at a special introductory price of £12.00

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A special booking signing will follow, taking place in the museum's refurbished shop in August 2014. The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno itself remains closed for extensive development, and will reopen this June with major new exhibitions, a new café and improved facilities.

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