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The secret behind A Bunch of Old Letters
Friday, 17 May 2013
MYSTERY: A bunch of old letters
MICHAEL Harden discovered a ‘bunch of old auction catalogues’ a couple of years ago, and had the urge to buy them.
He saw off the only other bidder at Hainault in November 2011 and bought the 175 letters for £28.
The following year Michael, an independent community development consultant, used them as a basis for a project called Better Together at a new community hub in South Woodford.
Next week he will reveal all he has found to an audience at Redbridge Book and Media Festival, in South Woodford Library.
Part of his job was to raise cash for projects and he got £10,000 for his ‘A Bunch of Old Letters’ initiative.
“I have no idea why I bought the letters, I just felt I had too. At first it was slow work unravelling the mystery of the letters. There were eight volunteers working, reading them and typing them up,” he said.
Once progress started to be made the break through came.
They were all from ‘Meg’ to a man she obviously loved dearly and were written between 1935 and 1939.
Meg was a science teacher in Edinburgh and then at Highworth School in London.
The project team have since visited the place where Meg was born, traced members of her family and have photographs of her.
But until the event on May 21 Michael is saying no more.
Next week we will reveal the ending of Meg’s story
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