I’m writing a short article about a collection of Victorian valentine cards. Whilst it will only be brief it will touch on a number of themes: the subject matter of collections; the material qualities of collections; the individual objects amongst the collection. The card collection at the museum is a fraction of an individual’s collection of greetings cards – this part was acquired because the entirety of the collection was so vast as to be unmanageable (the complete collection was weighed in tonnes), so there is something to be said about the conflict between the individual and professional processes of collecting. If there’s space I might also write about the process of digitisation, photography and what the collection shows about the development the commercial tokens of love.

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