The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum The Postal Museum reveals Britain's social and communications history through the eyes of an iconic service. Take a ride on Mail Rail and experience 15 minutes of immersive underground exploration on our miniature trains, now adapted for enhanced safety.
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This is a Princess Mary Tin, containing a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate. Over 426,000 of them were sent...
12/11/2020

This is a Princess Mary Tin, containing a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate. Over 426,000 of them were sent as a gift to every soldier, sailor and nurse serving on Christmas Day in 1914.

Alfred Knight was awarded the highest military honour the Victoria Cross for his battlefield bravery during the First Wo...
11/11/2020

Alfred Knight was awarded the highest military honour the Victoria Cross for his battlefield bravery during the First World War. He was the only Post Office Rifleman ever to receive this award. See the medal when we reopen again -> https://bit.ly/3n0QOtY

This Remembrance Day, we remember those who gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom. 12,830 of them were post...
11/11/2020

This Remembrance Day, we remember those who gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom. 12,830 of them were postal workers honoured in two memorial books. We've partnered with Ancestry to share the histories of these GPO War Heroes. https://bit.ly/35gXA93

'Wait till the boys come...' Hand embroidered cards like this one were sent to loved ones on the front line during the F...
10/11/2020

'Wait till the boys come...' Hand embroidered cards like this one were sent to loved ones on the front line during the First World War.

Meet Barnet postwomen who were amongst thousands of married and single women employed during the First World War in role...
09/11/2020

Meet Barnet postwomen who were amongst thousands of married and single women employed during the First World War in roles previously reserved for men as male staff joined the armed forces. Many women began delivering mail in urban areas, and girls worked as telegraph messengers.

Read more about women in the Post Office -> https://bit.ly/3k0jy4h

Poppies grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended. Today they're a symbol of remembrance and hope. #Remem...
08/11/2020

Poppies grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended. Today they're a symbol of remembrance and hope. #RemembranceSunday

Did you know that up to 12 million letters a week were delivered to soldiers during the First World War? It took just tw...
07/11/2020

Did you know that up to 12 million letters a week were delivered to soldiers during the First World War? It took just two days for a letter to reach the front line! Read about the challenges the Post Office faced to keep the communication lines open -> https://bit.ly/2TUNHHL

'...not one Officer returned and about 750 casualties'. This diary entry was written by Thomas May who joined the Post O...
06/11/2020

'...not one Officer returned and about 750 casualties'. This diary entry was written by Thomas May who joined the Post Office Rifles in 1915. He survived the war...Thanks to his diary we can gain an insight into his personal experience of the First World War. https://bit.ly/2U5AWdD

#ThrowbackThursday to the world’s largest sorting office in 1914. Keeping troops in touch with loved ones at home was vi...
05/11/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to the world’s largest sorting office in 1914. Keeping troops in touch with loved ones at home was vital during the First World War. To cope with so much mail the Post Office built the Home Depot in Regent’s Park.

Read more -> https://bit.ly/2TUNHHL

In 1915 Post Offices used this recruitment poster to encourage men to join their own regiment, the Post Office Rifles. O...
04/11/2020

In 1915 Post Offices used this recruitment poster to encourage men to join their own regiment, the Post Office Rifles. Of 12,000 posties who fought during the First World War, 1,800 were killed and over 4,500 wounded.

Read more -> https://bit.ly/2U5AWdD

Make your festive mail even more special this year with these beautiful Royal Mail Christmas stamps featuring a series o...
03/11/2020

Make your festive mail even more special this year with these beautiful Royal Mail Christmas stamps featuring a series of six stained-glass Nativity scenes from church windows across the country. 💌 🎄

Frederick Tolhurst kept in touch with his children through beautifully illustrated envelopes like this one for daughter ...
02/11/2020

Frederick Tolhurst kept in touch with his children through beautifully illustrated envelopes like this one for daughter Vera he sent on this day in 1917. Reveal the personal story behind his Mail Art -> https://bit.ly/2vFZUGY

The Postal Museum's cover photo
02/11/2020

The Postal Museum's cover photo

02/11/2020
See you soon at The Postal Museum

The safety of our visitors, community and staff is incredibly important to us. That is why, following the latest Government's announcement, The Postal Museum will be temporarily closed from Thursday 5 November. Thank you to everyone who joined us at our first reopening week!

Read more on our website https://bit.ly/2Z6hsaQ and in the thread below 👇

Have you received letters, cards or parcels during the pandemic that had a special meaning to you? Take part in our proj...
01/11/2020

Have you received letters, cards or parcels during the pandemic that had a special meaning to you? Take part in our project to document the COVID-19 crisis. Help us capture this moment in history -> https://bit.ly/38xBqzC

On this day in 1874, London Pneumatic Dispatch Railway carried the last mail. On your visit, learn more about its long l...
31/10/2020

On this day in 1874, London Pneumatic Dispatch Railway carried the last mail. On your visit, learn more about its long lost tunnels and see the original Pneumatic Car -> https://bit.ly/36HH17q

Happy Halloween everyone! Here's a little fancy dress inspiration modelled by this 1910s lady on a greetings card 🎃
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween everyone! Here's a little fancy dress inspiration modelled by this 1910s lady on a greetings card 🎃

More than 250 years ago, post boys witnessed ghastly goings on delivering the mail...😱 To protect them from ruthless hig...
30/10/2020

More than 250 years ago, post boys witnessed ghastly goings on delivering the mail...😱 To protect them from ruthless highwaymen (and ghosts!) the Post Office armed them with weapons -> https://bit.ly/2PRARWT

29/10/2020
Welcome back!

WE'RE NOW OPEN! 🚂

Ride Mail Rail with new safety features, join a family-friendly Where’s Wally? trail and see the extended exhibition The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post -> https://bit.ly/36HH17q

Calling all history lovers! Our Discovery Room will be reopening on 4 November for a limited number of researchers with ...
27/10/2020

Calling all history lovers! Our Discovery Room will be reopening on 4 November for a limited number of researchers with pre-booked appointments, with bookings for the first two weeks available now -> https://bit.ly/3mrnufX

👻 This rather worrying postcard sent in 1904 asks Miss Bright about the ghost situation in Brentwood...It's our Curators...
27/10/2020

👻 This rather worrying postcard sent in 1904 asks Miss Bright about the ghost situation in Brentwood...It's our Curators' pick for this Halloween season!

Only 3 days until we reopen! Who's excited to ride Mail Rail again? 🙌 Get ready -> https://bit.ly/36HH17q
26/10/2020

Only 3 days until we reopen! Who's excited to ride Mail Rail again? 🙌 Get ready -> https://bit.ly/36HH17q

Halloween is coming! The time of the year for horror! 🧛 Deputy Curator Georgina picks the stamps that give her goose bum...
25/10/2020

Halloween is coming! The time of the year for horror! 🧛 Deputy Curator Georgina picks the stamps that give her goose bumps...https://bit.ly/2Ppt71m

Whatever the age, we all spend more time indoors these days so why not take up a new hobby? There's never a bad time to ...
24/10/2020

Whatever the age, we all spend more time indoors these days so why not take up a new hobby? There's never a bad time to start stamp collecting! Read our handy guide to get you started -> https://bit.ly/2Ho7Gfg

"...it’s not how you look externally but it’s what’s inside you that counts! ...it’s when you engage in some proper huma...
23/10/2020

"...it’s not how you look externally but it’s what’s inside you that counts! ...it’s when you engage in some proper human interaction that you really start to come alive."

Senior Archivist Gavin wrote a letter to a humble file, on display in now extended exhibition The Great Train Robbery from 29 October -> https://bit.ly/3gr53pE

#ThrowbackThursday to the Tower of London in 1937 with a messenger boy chatting to Beefeaters. Has anyone seen the raven...
22/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to the Tower of London in 1937 with a messenger boy chatting to Beefeaters. Has anyone seen the ravens? 👀

Our temporary exhibition The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post has been extended until 31 December! Here's eight hig...
21/10/2020

Our temporary exhibition The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post has been extended until 31 December! Here's eight highlights which you definitely shouldn’t miss when you visit -> https://bit.ly/2q1jriL

On this day in 1816, a dramatic event unfolded...‘Quicksilver’, a Royal Mail coach, on its way from Exeter to London, wa...
20/10/2020

On this day in 1816, a dramatic event unfolded...‘Quicksilver’, a Royal Mail coach, on its way from Exeter to London, was attacked by a lioness near Salisbury 🦁 Find out what happened next -> https://bit.ly/3gBy3KE

Great news! We've just released a number of new Tunnel Walk tickets throughout November and December. Come and explore t...
20/10/2020

Great news! We've just released a number of new Tunnel Walk tickets throughout November and December. Come and explore the hidden underground tunnels with our expert guides -> https://bit.ly/38MIoR0

Not long to go! 👏 Will you be one of our first visitors on Thursday 29 October? Save the date for a truly unique London ...
19/10/2020

Not long to go! 👏 Will you be one of our first visitors on Thursday 29 October? Save the date for a truly unique London day out with an exciting line-up of activities -> https://bit.ly/36HH17q

Archivist Meg shares her experience of receiving a hand-made Greetings Card during lockdown and what it meant to her. He...
18/10/2020

Archivist Meg shares her experience of receiving a hand-made Greetings Card during lockdown and what it meant to her. Help us capture this moment in history by donating yours -> https://bit.ly/2Q3PFDP

Did you know that one of the first British pillar boxes used to be green? On the blog, discover the design evolution of ...
17/10/2020

Did you know that one of the first British pillar boxes used to be green? On the blog, discover the design evolution of this street furniture icon -> https://bit.ly/2Zog18w

"The postal clerk you portray is an oasis of calm, and reminds me now, in this period of great uncertainty, of how grate...
16/10/2020

"The postal clerk you portray is an oasis of calm, and reminds me now, in this period of great uncertainty, of how grateful I am for the hard work of those working to keep us connected."

Archivist Meg wrote a letter to the poster by Vanessa Bell -> https://bit.ly/2KyOn0w

#ThrowbackThursday to the Post Office Railway in 1935. Trainloads of mail arrived at every station, every few minutes, w...
15/10/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to the Post Office Railway in 1935. Trainloads of mail arrived at every station, every few minutes, with less than a minute to unload and reload! Discover more about London's hidden underground railway -> https://bit.ly/38v0rd7

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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
Sunday 10:30 - 17:00

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The Postal Museum in London reveals Britain's remarkable social and communications history through the eyes of an iconic service. Take a ride on Mail Rail and experience 15 minutes of immersive underground exploration on our miniature trains, now adapted for enhanced safety.

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These activity packs for young Underground train fans look good: https://www.facebook.com/allaboardclubuk/posts/1329172430763297
The language of stamps...I shall now be extra careful on applying my stamps to envel0pes and post cards
hello my name is Ryan Claridge i hope you are doing ok and keeping safe i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events company and management company who are promoting directing and producing The Postal Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact The Postal Museum ’ also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2020 and 2021 shows and events for ‘ The Postal Museum ’ be ready and released also what shows and events will ‘ The Postal Museum take part in throughout of 2020 and 2021 Any way you can help answer my question regarding this query would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
Hi Does anyone know anything about these scooters from around 1918 ? I contacted the National Postal Museum and they think these are American postman. I have sent the photo to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, just waiting for a reply.
Selva Ozelli “Art in the Time of Corona”: https://www.facebook.com/527889230574675/posts/3281134275250143/
Can the Postal Museum help with this badge - perhaps it was worn by young postmen / postwoman in training ?
Isle of Wight Postman - photo kind permission of Arthur Reeder
Not sure where this is, could be Salisbury.
We could put this on our 'To-do' list Susan
I've not actually been yet but I'm reliably informed you can see me on platform 2!