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A Very Merry and Colourful Christmas!

Christmas is almost upon us and since the good folk at Archives+ digitised our Christmas card collection in preparation for their Christmas extravaganza I can share the whole series with you here on the blog!

Isn’t Christmas around the world wonderfully colourful? Christmas designs here in the UK traditionally favour white and green and red (and let’s be honest, the day itself is usually pretty grey, however hard we wish for a white Christmas), but this collection reveals familiar Christmas imagery through the diverse visual traditions of other cultures.

I think the Peruvian woman with her voluminous red skirts, candle and little dog is my favourite. What’s yours?

PS – this collection is still growing, and lots of countries and cultures aren’t yet represented, so if you receive any interesting international Christmas cards this year please do consider donating them to us.

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Christmas Extravaganza with the Green Screen!

We love what the good folk at Archives+ did with our Christmas Cards from Around the World collection at their Christmas Extravaganza at the weekend! Take a look below….

On Saturday, Central Library hosted their annual Christmas Extravaganza. This event is the start of the festive season for many local residents as one comment from the day suggests, ‘Choirs in the library and meeting Father Christmas has become part of our annual Christmas experience for the whole family, lovely.’


This year we included the magic of a Green Screen, with our National Archives Trainee Jane on the activity. Using colourful Christmas cards from around the world, provided by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, Victorian Christmas cards from the archives and film footage from the North West Film Archives; we were able to take some wonderful pictures and record Christmas messages. All of the photographs and messages were tweeted on the @archivesplus Twitter account on the day.

For a photograph, each family chose which image they would like to use and then posed in front of…

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