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WW1 Project in Regent's Park 12

By Open Air Theatre

Sorting Office Blog

Published: 12 May 2018

In this, the centenary of the end of WW1, our production of Peter Pan, which opens on Thursday, remembers a generation of lost boys. Our war-time framing of this iconic play is echoed elsewhere in the Park, with a pop-up WW1 mail sorting office opening on Cumberland Green – evoking the giant wooden building called the ‘Home Depot’ that handled all the mail from the front line 100 years ago.

Two free public events, hosted by The Royal Parks charity and The Royal Parks Guild on Saturday 12th and 19th May, 2018, invite the public to discover the vital role played by London’s Royal Parks during wartime Britain.

During the war, soldiers and their families sent over two billion letters and 140 million parcels. Every single item of post sent to members of the British Army went through the Home Depot at The Regent’s Park. It was sorted by thousands of postal workers – many of whom were women - and sent on to soldiers across the world.

The sorting office was believed to be the largest wooden building in the world - initially it covered four acres of The Regent’s Park and was then extended, increasing its area to just over five acres.

Now one hundred years on, visitors are invited to join an immersive experience, bringing to life the story of the 2,500 people who worked there to make sure soldiers' mail was delivered safely, securely and quickly.

For more information, please visit the Royal Parks website here.

To book tickets to Peter Pan, please click here.

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