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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#ThrowbackThursday to Great Yarmouth in 1937. This popular holiday destination was also a thriving fishing port. On a no...
19/08/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to Great Yarmouth in 1937. This popular holiday destination was also a thriving fishing port. On a normal day, the Fish Wharf Post Office would handle one telegram. During the hectic herring season, it had to deal with as many as 600 a day!

#ThrowbackThursday to Great Yarmouth in 1937. This popular holiday destination was also a thriving fishing port. On a normal day, the Fish Wharf Post Office would handle one telegram. During the hectic herring season, it had to deal with as many as 600 a day!

We always love to see families hopping on board our miniature postal trains and getting hands-on with interactives like ...
18/08/2021

We always love to see families hopping on board our miniature postal trains and getting hands-on with interactives like a Travelling Post Office. Share your #family memories with us in celebration of #LoveYourRailway 🚂

Can you tell where this 1918 postcard was sent from? Let us take you to popular seaside destinations in our exhibition #...
17/08/2021

Can you tell where this 1918 postcard was sent from? Let us take you to popular seaside destinations in our exhibition #WishYouWereHere, celebrating over 150 years of the iconic postcard -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

Can you tell where this 1918 postcard was sent from? Let us take you to popular seaside destinations in our exhibition #WishYouWereHere, celebrating over 150 years of the iconic postcard -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

Did you know that the first official telegram to pass between two continents was sent on this day in 1858? It was a lett...
16/08/2021

Did you know that the first official telegram to pass between two continents was sent on this day in 1858? It was a letter of congratulations from Queen Victoria to then US President James Buchanan and it only took 17 hours!

Did you know that the first official telegram to pass between two continents was sent on this day in 1858? It was a letter of congratulations from Queen Victoria to then US President James Buchanan and it only took 17 hours!

We're thrilled that Sorted! The Postal Play Space has been picked by The Guardian readers as one of the best UK museum e...
15/08/2021

We're thrilled that Sorted! The Postal Play Space has been picked by The Guardian readers as one of the best UK museum experiences for children! See the full list here -> https://bit.ly/37JxTyc

We're thrilled that Sorted! The Postal Play Space has been picked by The Guardian readers as one of the best UK museum experiences for children! See the full list here -> https://bit.ly/37JxTyc

Does your local post office have a wall box outside? 📮 This great example is from a village post office in Heriot, Scotl...
14/08/2021

Does your local post office have a wall box outside? 📮 This great example is from a village post office in Heriot, Scotland in 1970. Can you decipher the Royal Cypher? #PostboxSaturday

Does your local post office have a wall box outside? 📮 This great example is from a village post office in Heriot, Scotland in 1970. Can you decipher the Royal Cypher? #PostboxSaturday

☀️ Warm days with sunshine and a light breeze, that's the perfect #HolidayWeather for our summer getaways (and for posti...
13/08/2021

☀️ Warm days with sunshine and a light breeze, that's the perfect #HolidayWeather for our summer getaways (and for posties on delivery rounds too!) like here in Hemsby holiday camp, Great Yarmouth in 1937. #ArchiveHoliday

☀️ Warm days with sunshine and a light breeze, that's the perfect #HolidayWeather for our summer getaways (and for posties on delivery rounds too!) like here in Hemsby holiday camp, Great Yarmouth in 1937. #ArchiveHoliday

#ThrowbackThursday to a summer day in Northern Ireland in 1989. Can anyone guess where this postman is on his morning de...
12/08/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to a summer day in Northern Ireland in 1989. Can anyone guess where this postman is on his morning delivery round?

#ThrowbackThursday to a summer day in Northern Ireland in 1989. Can anyone guess where this postman is on his morning delivery round?

Show that you care 💌 Send someone special a postcard from your summer staycation! Follow our step by step guide to writi...
11/08/2021

Show that you care 💌 Send someone special a postcard from your summer staycation! Follow our step by step guide to writing your own -> https://bit.ly/349lW2V

Show that you care 💌 Send someone special a postcard from your summer staycation! Follow our step by step guide to writing your own -> https://bit.ly/349lW2V

Life's a beach 🏖️ Travel with us to Great British Seaside destinations like Folkestone and many others in our exhibition...
10/08/2021

Life's a beach 🏖️ Travel with us to Great British Seaside destinations like Folkestone and many others in our exhibition #WishYouWereHere, celebrating over 150 years of the iconic postcard -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

Life's a beach 🏖️ Travel with us to Great British Seaside destinations like Folkestone and many others in our exhibition #WishYouWereHere, celebrating over 150 years of the iconic postcard -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

“My first job after leaving school was as a “Youth in Training” on the Post Office Railway, I started in January 1962. I...
09/08/2021

“My first job after leaving school was as a “Youth in Training” on the Post Office Railway, I started in January 1962. It’s great to be back sharing stories with the next generations”.

This #Volunteers week, we'd like to celebrate our hard-working and dedicated volunteers like Mike Sullivan, who is now part of the Mail Rail Drivers team. #LoveYourRailway

“My first job after leaving school was as a “Youth in Training” on the Post Office Railway, I started in January 1962. It’s great to be back sharing stories with the next generations”.

This #Volunteers week, we'd like to celebrate our hard-working and dedicated volunteers like Mike Sullivan, who is now part of the Mail Rail Drivers team. #LoveYourRailway

What a fabulous combination for #PostboxSaturday 📮 A fine King George VI pillar box and a lady dressed elegantly in a 19...
07/08/2021

What a fabulous combination for #PostboxSaturday 📮 A fine King George VI pillar box and a lady dressed elegantly in a 1930s summer outfit. Can you spot a little stamp vending machine?

What a fabulous combination for #PostboxSaturday 📮 A fine King George VI pillar box and a lady dressed elegantly in a 1930s summer outfit. Can you spot a little stamp vending machine?

Today's delivery is to a hop-picking farm in Kent. One of the traditional #HolidayActivities in the 1930s-1960s was a wo...
06/08/2021

Today's delivery is to a hop-picking farm in Kent. One of the traditional #HolidayActivities in the 1930s-1960s was a working holiday and for many families the only chance to get away from polluted cities to enjoy clean air. #ArchiveHoliday

Today's delivery is to a hop-picking farm in Kent. One of the traditional #HolidayActivities in the 1930s-1960s was a working holiday and for many families the only chance to get away from polluted cities to enjoy clean air. #ArchiveHoliday

#ThrowbackThursday to St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall in the late 1980s. Associate postman Len Ritchie, a resident on the ...
05/08/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall in the late 1980s. Associate postman Len Ritchie, a resident on the island, collected the mail twice a day from Marazion post office, near Penzance, and delivered to the handful of families on the island.

#ThrowbackThursday to St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall in the late 1980s. Associate postman Len Ritchie, a resident on the island, collected the mail twice a day from Marazion post office, near Penzance, and delivered to the handful of families on the island.

Want to surprise someone special with a postcard? 💌 On your visit, pick from a wide range of cards in our shop, get a st...
04/08/2021

Want to surprise someone special with a postcard? 💌 On your visit, pick from a wide range of cards in our shop, get a stamp from the Post & Go machine and pop it in the letterbox which is also a telephone box...in our leafy courtyard.

Want to surprise someone special with a postcard? 💌 On your visit, pick from a wide range of cards in our shop, get a stamp from the Post & Go machine and pop it in the letterbox which is also a telephone box...in our leafy courtyard.

Dress to impress on your holiday like these ladies and gents strolling along the Ilfracombe promenade in North Devon, 19...
03/08/2021

Dress to impress on your holiday like these ladies and gents strolling along the Ilfracombe promenade in North Devon, 1900s. Explore more postcards with quintessential British seaside views at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ

Dress to impress on your holiday like these ladies and gents strolling along the Ilfracombe promenade in North Devon, 1900s. Explore more postcards with quintessential British seaside views at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ

This week's #LoveYourRailway theme is #Education. In The Mail Rail Science Show, students become engineers, experimentin...
02/08/2021

This week's #LoveYourRailway theme is #Education. In The Mail Rail Science Show, students become engineers, experimenting to learn how to move the mail underground. Schools can book our postal package to include a ride on Mail Rail! https://bit.ly/3BQwZOf

Spending your holidays by the river? This idyllic scene of Henley Regatta was painted by artist Adrian Hill and perfectl...
01/08/2021

Spending your holidays by the river? This idyllic scene of Henley Regatta was painted by artist Adrian Hill and perfectly captures the atmosphere of a summer day in 1937. It also features a Mobile Post Office which you can learn more about here -> https://bit.ly/2WqufEh

Spending your holidays by the river? This idyllic scene of Henley Regatta was painted by artist Adrian Hill and perfectly captures the atmosphere of a summer day in 1937. It also features a Mobile Post Office which you can learn more about here -> https://bit.ly/2WqufEh

This #PostboxSaturday we travel to Hendon, North London in 1971. Can you guess the type of this unusual rectangular post...
31/07/2021

This #PostboxSaturday we travel to Hendon, North London in 1971. Can you guess the type of this unusual rectangular post box and its designer?

This #PostboxSaturday we travel to Hendon, North London in 1971. Can you guess the type of this unusual rectangular post box and its designer?

In celebration of World Embroidery Day, we unpick some of our favourite embroidered postcards from our collection and on...
30/07/2021

In celebration of World Embroidery Day, we unpick some of our favourite embroidered postcards from our collection and on display at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3C7xLXF

In celebration of World Embroidery Day, we unpick some of our favourite embroidered postcards from our collection and on display at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3C7xLXF

Planning a self-catered culinary extravaganza or looking forward to no cooking for a week? A number of holiday postcards...
30/07/2021

Planning a self-catered culinary extravaganza or looking forward to no cooking for a week? A number of holiday postcards from the 1960s feature artwork and messages from senders who write about the delights of being cooked for. On the reverse of a similar card Ann's Mum writes:

'Dear Ann,
What it says on the front is quite true don't even have to make our beds. We had chicken for dinner last night...love from Mum X'

#HolidayFood #ArchiveHoliday

Planning a self-catered culinary extravaganza or looking forward to no cooking for a week? A number of holiday postcards from the 1960s feature artwork and messages from senders who write about the delights of being cooked for. On the reverse of a similar card Ann's Mum writes:

'Dear Ann,
What it says on the front is quite true don't even have to make our beds. We had chicken for dinner last night...love from Mum X'

#HolidayFood #ArchiveHoliday

#ThrowbackThursday to Scotland,  near Nairn in 1938. This is how a postman would cross the river Findhorn using a small ...
29/07/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to Scotland, near Nairn in 1938. This is how a postman would cross the river Findhorn using a small wooden overhead hoist.

#ThrowbackThursday to Scotland, near Nairn in 1938. This is how a postman would cross the river Findhorn using a small wooden overhead hoist.

Great news! Sorted! The Postal Play Space reopens on Wednesday 4 August. This immersive mini-town with streets, building...
28/07/2021

Great news! Sorted! The Postal Play Space reopens on Wednesday 4 August. This immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes is ideal for kids aged 8 and under. Spaces are limited, book now -> https://bit.ly/36YlUMQ

Great news! Sorted! The Postal Play Space reopens on Wednesday 4 August. This immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes is ideal for kids aged 8 and under. Spaces are limited, book now -> https://bit.ly/36YlUMQ

Hope many of you were chilling in a deckchair with a book and ice cream in the hot weather last week 🍦 Be inspired by ot...
27/07/2021

Hope many of you were chilling in a deckchair with a book and ice cream in the hot weather last week 🍦 Be inspired by other British seaside postcards in our blog -> https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ

Hope many of you were chilling in a deckchair with a book and ice cream in the hot weather last week 🍦 Be inspired by other British seaside postcards in our blog -> https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ

This summer, we're joining railways from across the UK for #LoveYourRailway to raise awareness of the importance of #her...
26/07/2021

This summer, we're joining railways from across the UK for #LoveYourRailway to raise awareness of the importance of #heritage railways. The Post Office Underground Railway, later re-named Mail Rail, was one of the world’s first driverless electric railways used to transport mail across London.

Learn about its past and present -> https://bit.ly/2OtaFD6

Are you currently self-isolating? If you use a similar sign for your front door, we'd like to hear from you. We're looki...
25/07/2021

Are you currently self-isolating? If you use a similar sign for your front door, we'd like to hear from you. We're looking to collect examples to capture this moment in history. Take part in our collecting project -> https://bit.ly/38xBqzC

Are you currently self-isolating? If you use a similar sign for your front door, we'd like to hear from you. We're looking to collect examples to capture this moment in history. Take part in our collecting project -> https://bit.ly/38xBqzC

Summer holiday is here ☀️ Ride a mini postal train, pick up a free activity trail, race a pneumatic car or design your o...
24/07/2021

Summer holiday is here ☀️ Ride a mini postal train, pick up a free activity trail, race a pneumatic car or design your own stamp! Here are our top 10 tips for your first-class family visit -> https://bit.ly/3BrCliV

Summer holiday is here ☀️ Ride a mini postal train, pick up a free activity trail, race a pneumatic car or design your own stamp! Here are our top 10 tips for your first-class family visit -> https://bit.ly/3BrCliV

This week's #ArchiveHoliday theme is #HolidayFashion 👗 This socks and sandals combo seemed to be on trend back in the 19...
23/07/2021

This week's #ArchiveHoliday theme is #HolidayFashion 👗 This socks and sandals combo seemed to be on trend back in the 1970s. How do you wear yours?

This week's #ArchiveHoliday theme is #HolidayFashion 👗 This socks and sandals combo seemed to be on trend back in the 1970s. How do you wear yours?

Plan your post-holiday adventure! We've just released a number of new #MailRail Tunnel Walk tickets throughout September...
22/07/2021

Plan your post-holiday adventure! We've just released a number of new #MailRail Tunnel Walk tickets throughout September and November. Explore the hidden underground tunnels like our visitors last night -> https://bit.ly/38MIoR0

Plan your post-holiday adventure! We've just released a number of new #MailRail Tunnel Walk tickets throughout September and November. Explore the hidden underground tunnels like our visitors last night -> https://bit.ly/38MIoR0

What direction will you take this summer holiday? This bicycle-riding postie stopped on a Lewes - Sussex crossroad, pict...
22/07/2021

What direction will you take this summer holiday? This bicycle-riding postie stopped on a Lewes - Sussex crossroad, pictured here in 1937. #ThrowbackThursday

What direction will you take this summer holiday? This bicycle-riding postie stopped on a Lewes - Sussex crossroad, pictured here in 1937. #ThrowbackThursday

Our 'Post Early' relaxed event is back for summer! Join us on 24 August for a sensory and autism-friendly event with Amb...
21/07/2021

Our 'Post Early' relaxed event is back for summer! Join us on 24 August for a sensory and autism-friendly event with Ambitious about Autism. Perfect for families and adults, who would like to visit the museum when it's less crowded and noisy -> https://bit.ly/3B8yPtu

Our 'Post Early' relaxed event is back for summer! Join us on 24 August for a sensory and autism-friendly event with Ambitious about Autism. Perfect for families and adults, who would like to visit the museum when it's less crowded and noisy -> https://bit.ly/3B8yPtu

This sweet postcard of a couple hugging by the sea at Minehead was sent in the summer of 1907. Indulge in romance throug...
19/07/2021

This sweet postcard of a couple hugging by the sea at Minehead was sent in the summer of 1907. Indulge in romance through postcards on display at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

This sweet postcard of a couple hugging by the sea at Minehead was sent in the summer of 1907. Indulge in romance through postcards on display at #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

Donkeys, piers and deckchairs 🏖️ Exhibition Curator Georgina picks her favourite postcards capturing quintessentially Br...
18/07/2021

Donkeys, piers and deckchairs 🏖️ Exhibition Curator Georgina picks her favourite postcards capturing quintessentially British seaside scenes like this 1957 postcard by Donald McGill. It shows a comical scene of a lady surrounded by three nosy donkeys. https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ #WishYouWereHere

Donkeys, piers and deckchairs 🏖️ Exhibition Curator Georgina picks her favourite postcards capturing quintessentially British seaside scenes like this 1957 postcard by Donald McGill. It shows a comical scene of a lady surrounded by three nosy donkeys. https://bit.ly/3B9gMDQ #WishYouWereHere

Part window, part letter box 📮 This #PostboxSaturday we travel to a Post Office in the village of Loweswater, Cumbria in...
17/07/2021

Part window, part letter box 📮 This #PostboxSaturday we travel to a Post Office in the village of Loweswater, Cumbria in 1937.

Part window, part letter box 📮 This #PostboxSaturday we travel to a Post Office in the village of Loweswater, Cumbria in 1937.

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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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Why is it that the beautiful stamps on letters arrive with scribbles?
Cirencester HPO Christmas 1968. I'm on the right, Local MP Nicholas Ridley helping ? to sort the mail.
Black Jack Street, Cirencester. The yard was far to small for all the vans.
Can I send you a postcard from Australia? Will you keep/ archive it? What are your rules?
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 ?