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‘I haven’t any children madam no I’ve nothing left,
only his photograph…’
This project has come to an end. The website can still be used to view the letters and the research of volunteers however no new information can be added. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery for funding the project and to all the volunteers who helped to make it such a success.

The Dear Mrs Pennyman project is funded by the Heritage Lottery. It has digitized over 100 letters sent to Mary Pennyman in her capacity as secretary of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Widows and Orphans Fund. The letters are the copyright of Teesside Archives and are available to explore on this website.

The letters to Mary Pennyman were found by National Trust volunteers Jean Pacey, Ruth Aspin and Stella Fuller in Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. They discovered the documents while researching Ruth Pennyman’s theatrical history in the archive at the Hall. Also involved was Alison Grange, a History student from Newcastle, who copied and organised the documents, including pages from Teesside Archives, and created a spreadsheet. National Trust staff, Liz Hayward and Leanne Allan, also contributed to the preservation of the letters.

Public events will be organized to find volunteers and to share the project’s research.

The culmination of this work will be an exhibition to coincide with the centenary of the Armistice in 2018. This will provide a point of reflection on the impact of war on individual lives and on the fact that, for many, the ending of the war did not mean the end of sorrow. 

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