Gilbert & Gordon: Then All The World Could See How in Love We Are

Olivia Winteringham in collaboration with Oswestry Town Museum with support from the Shrewsbury LGBT History Festival

Gilbert & Gordon: Then All The World Could See How In Love We Are is a public participation project that takes its title and inspiration from love letters exchanged between two WWII soldiers, Oswestry-based Gunner Gilbert Bradley and Infantryman Gordon Bowsher. The project seeks to recognise and celebrate the diversity of love within our communities in 2017 by creating a commemorative diamond ring from the ashes of burned love letters written by members of the public. In 2018 following a public ceremony the ring will be presented to Oswestry Town Museum to be displayed in the museum’s exhibition for ‘all the world to see’. We hope the ring will serve as a symbol of the diversity of love experienced in 2017 and a tribute to the love Gilbert and Gordon, and many like them, were never legally allowed to express in their lifetimes. 


(All at Oswestry Town Museum)

  • Thursday 7th September at 12.00: Flame Lighting Ceremony by former Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige the first openly transgender officer to serve in the RAF 
  • Saturday 9th September 14.00-15.30: See the letters up close and personal with a talk from curator Mark Hignett, Oswestry Town Museum
  • Sunday 10th September at 19.41: Flame Extinguishing Ceremony 

Write your own love letter

Feel inspired but can't make it to Oswestry this September?  We invite you to add your particular and wonderfully unique experience of love to the commemorative diamond. Click the link here for further inspiration and a special digital letter template to compose your love letter right now, right here. Or post direct to Oswestry Town Museum (ref: Gilbert & Gordon Love Letters) for Sunday 10th September.

Commemorative badges

The first 200 people who commit their letters to the memorial fire will be gifted a Gilbert & Gordon commemorative pin badge. We’ve chosen the winning design from a fantastic range of public submissions and will be revealing it soon! Don’t miss out on your chance to wear a piece of history.