This unassuming notebook within the collections at Shropshire Archives, has inspired a brand new piece of drama.

The book records letters sent between six Shropshire women, against the background of the war, from 1917-1920. The friends had met while they were at school together in Bridgnorth but are now working as farmers, office workers, factory hands, nurses and teachers.

Letters Book, 4 May 1917

Letters Book, 4 May 1917

Their stories have been brought to life by Francesca Millican Slater, the author and performer of the new show. My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book is currently touring venues in Shropshire, see our events listing for details.