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What is it?

This postcard is on display in the Curious Objects exhibition. The Russian postman holds a tiny satchel which contains a folding concertina of ten miniature postcards from St Petersburg. 

The adapted postcard replaces images of St Petersburg with photographs of Cambridge. 

How could you use it in the classroom?

The postcard can be printed on A4 or A3 card and used as a plenary activity after a day in Cambridge: students can draw a scene from the city and describe their experiences on the postcard.

It could also be used in connection with study of the Russian Revolution in history.

Sergei, the young man who wrote the postcard proudly tells his father that Tsar Nicholas II has presided over his graduation parade. Less than six years later, the Tsar and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. Students could research the events of the Russian Revolution and write a series of postcards imagining Sergei’s experiences in a time of turmoil. 

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