Century-old writing discovery in Tate Britain


This video from London says about itself:

Meet 500 years of British Art – Director’s Highlights: Penelope Curtis

15 May 2013

Penelope Curtis selects some highlights from Tate Britain‘s displays and considers how new visual dialogues have been created through juxtapositions of art work created at the same point in time, but in very different styles.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Writing addressed to the future from 1897 discovered on wall at Tate Britain

‘Please let us know in the other world when you get this, so as we can drink your health.’

Christopher Hooton

Wednesday 14 January 2015

A message dating back over a hundred years has been uncovered during building work at the Tate Britain, in a show of solidarity from past plasterers to present.

It reads:

This was placed here on the fourth of June 1897, Jubilee year, by the Plasterers working on the Job hoping when this is found that the Plasterer association may be still Flourishing.

Please let us Know in the Other World when got you get this so as we can drink Your Health

Signed W. Gallop

F. Wilkins

H. Sainsbury

J. Chester

A. Pickernell, secretary

The good news is that yes, the National Association of Operative Plasterers does still exist in some form, though, as it was noted on Reddit, it has since been merged into the Transport and General Workers’ Union and later into Unite.

Sadly man has yet to come up with a way of contacting those in the past however, so the 19th century plasterers may have to drink without their future counterparts for the time being.

This is in the news today; however, the message was already known in 2005.

Plasterers' 1897 writing

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