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The mystery of Miss Gibbs

In 2003, Francesca Millican-Slater bought a second hand postcard for 50p. The postcard, sent from Lincoln to London was addressed to a Miss L Gibbs of 62 Douglas Buildings, Marshalsea Road, Borough. Sent on 15 July 1910, the message on the back simply read:

Be careful tomorrow. A.C.

This message and the woman who received it became an obsession for Francesca, but how much can you uncover from just a name on the back of a postcard? What happens when you start tracing a history that isn’t you own? And why did Miss Gibbs have to be careful tomorrow?

With the release of the 1911 census, Francesca found out more than she ever thought possible. Hear all about it on 3 November when Francesca Millican-Slater gives a talk at the BPMA. For event and booking details see our website.