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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 Penzance, Cornwall in 1980 where a helicopter is being loaded with mail bags. Read more about the ...
13/05/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to Penzance, Cornwall in 1980 where a helicopter is being loaded with mail bags. Read more about the very first attempts to deliver mail by helicopter -> https://bit.ly/2L9gSAd

#ThrowbackThursday to Penzance, Cornwall in 1980 where a helicopter is being loaded with mail bags. Read more about the very first attempts to deliver mail by helicopter -> https://bit.ly/2L9gSAd

'Post Early' relaxed mornings are back! Join us on 3 June for our sensory and autism friendly event with Ambitious about...
13/05/2021

'Post Early' relaxed mornings are back! Join us on 3 June for our 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/3aUsJSh

Have you heard that Royal Mail trialled their first drone delivery? Explore more unusual and even bizarre methods of del...
10/05/2021

Have you heard that Royal Mail trialled their first drone delivery? Explore more unusual and even bizarre methods of delivering the mail in the past such as balloons, boules and ... https://bit.ly/3nVYob3

Not only are our Museum doors reopening on 20 May, but our popular Tunnel Walks are also back! You can once again explor...
09/05/2021

Not only are our Museum doors reopening on 20 May, but our popular Tunnel Walks are also back! You can once again explore London's Mail Rail underground network on foot. Book now -> https://bit.ly/38MIoR0

Not only are our Museum doors reopening on 20 May, but our popular Tunnel Walks are also back! You can once again explore London's Mail Rail underground network on foot. Book now -> https://bit.ly/38MIoR0

09/05/2021
We're reopening on 20 May!

We're excited to announce that we're reopening on 20 MAY! 🎉

Book to ride Mail Rail safely and visit our new exhibition #WishYouWereHere celebrating over 150 years of the British postcard. We can't wait to welcome you back! https://bit.ly/36HH17q

'The times of collection vary according to sailing of steamer'. This fine post box was captured on St. Mary's, the Isles...
08/05/2021

'The times of collection vary according to sailing of steamer'. This fine post box was captured on St. Mary's, the Isles of Scilly's largest island, in 1936. Have you spotted any Victorian wall box this #PostboxSaturday?

'The times of collection vary according to sailing of steamer'. This fine post box was captured on St. Mary's, the Isles of Scilly's largest island, in 1936. Have you spotted any Victorian wall box this #PostboxSaturday?

We're chuffed to make it to MummyTravels - family travel list of 27 unusual things to do in London with kids. Plan your ...
07/05/2021

We're chuffed to make it to MummyTravels - family travel list of 27 unusual things to do in London with kids. Plan your perfect day in the capital -> https://bit.ly/3b6ZADk

We're chuffed to make it to MummyTravels - family travel list of 27 unusual things to do in London with kids. Plan your perfect day in the capital -> https://bit.ly/3b6ZADk

06/05/2021
channel tunnel

Today in 1994, the Channel Tunnel was officially opened. It took thousands of English and French workers to complete what is still the world’s longest undersea tunnel - at 25 miles!

Rowland Hill's diary entry from this day in 1840: ‘At work at 7.50. Stamps came into use today’. The Penny Black stamp b...
06/05/2021

Rowland Hill's diary entry from this day in 1840: ‘At work at 7.50. Stamps came into use today’. The Penny Black stamp became official postage for any letter that weighed less than half an ounce. Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3t6xoqz

Rowland Hill's diary entry from this day in 1840: ‘At work at 7.50. Stamps came into use today’. The Penny Black stamp became official postage for any letter that weighed less than half an ounce. Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3t6xoqz

Not long until our visitors will be able to step inside our replica Travelling Post Office and sort mail on the move! Fi...
05/05/2021

Not long until our visitors will be able to step inside our replica Travelling Post Office and sort mail on the move! Find out more about these specially adapted railway carriages -> https://bit.ly/30UuOXm

"Bring Forth May Flowers" This 1907 hand-illustrated postcard sent from Harry to his sweetheart Olive tells a love story...
04/05/2021

"Bring Forth May Flowers" This 1907 hand-illustrated postcard sent from Harry to his sweetheart Olive tells a love story with a tragic end. See a selection of his postcards in our new exhibition #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

"Bring Forth May Flowers" This 1907 hand-illustrated postcard sent from Harry to his sweetheart Olive tells a love story with a tragic end. See a selection of his postcards in our new exhibition #WishYouWereHere -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

This (probably) rather wet bank holiday Monday, get inspired by our archive and collections with our top tips on things ...
03/05/2021

This (probably) rather wet bank holiday Monday, get inspired by our archive and collections with our top tips on things to read, watch and do -> https://bit.ly/2yd71s6

The Post Office Railway’s first general manager was given a pair of white gloves to thank him for the first full week wi...
02/05/2021

The Post Office Railway’s first general manager was given a pair of white gloves to thank him for the first full week without delays on this day in 1928. Read more interesting facts about Mail Rail -> https://bit.ly/2HgUBlO

The Post Office Railway’s first general manager was given a pair of white gloves to thank him for the first full week without delays on this day in 1928. Read more interesting facts about Mail Rail -> https://bit.ly/2HgUBlO

“… A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous wash”On this day in 1840...
01/05/2021

“… A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous wash”

On this day in 1840, The Penny Black was first issued. Read about the world's first and most famous postage stamp -> https://bit.ly/3t6xoqz

Did you know that Britain's first six pillar boxes arrived in London 166 years ago? This is an engraving of one of them,...
30/04/2021

Did you know that Britain's first six pillar boxes arrived in London 166 years ago? This is an engraving of one of them, numbered 1855, located on the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Road. Read more about letter boxes -> https://bit.ly/3iyzKdX

Did you know that Britain's first six pillar boxes arrived in London 166 years ago? This is an engraving of one of them, numbered 1855, located on the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Road. Read more about letter boxes -> https://bit.ly/3iyzKdX

Happy Postal Workers Day! Let's celebrate all the posties across the UK with a virtual journey back in time -> https://b...
29/04/2021

Happy Postal Workers Day! Let's celebrate all the posties across the UK with a virtual journey back in time -> https://bit.ly/2KAM25f

Today's #ThrowbackThursday transports us to Aston Villa FC in 1935 as this postman delivers mail to Villa Park, the club...
29/04/2021

Today's #ThrowbackThursday transports us to Aston Villa FC in 1935 as this postman delivers mail to Villa Park, the club's home venue since 1897.

Today's #ThrowbackThursday transports us to Aston Villa FC in 1935 as this postman delivers mail to Villa Park, the club's home venue since 1897.

No plans for your summer holidays yet? ☀️ Travel with us to Littlehampton and other Great British Seaside destinations t...
28/04/2021

No plans for your summer holidays yet? ☀️ Travel with us to Littlehampton and other Great British Seaside destinations through our new exhibition #WishYouWereHere 151 Years of the British Postcard. Departing from 20 May -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

No plans for your summer holidays yet? ☀️ Travel with us to Littlehampton and other Great British Seaside destinations through our new exhibition #WishYouWereHere 151 Years of the British Postcard. Departing from 20 May -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

Frederick Tolhurst sent this illustrated envelope on this day in 1919. He artfully addressed it with his daughter's name...
27/04/2021

Frederick Tolhurst sent this illustrated envelope on this day in 1919. He artfully addressed it with his daughter's name Vera Tolhurst in sunflowers. Reveal the personal story behind his mail art -> https://bit.ly/2vFZUGY

Frederick Tolhurst sent this illustrated envelope on this day in 1919. He artfully addressed it with his daughter's name Vera Tolhurst in sunflowers. Reveal the personal story behind his mail art -> https://bit.ly/2vFZUGY

This image reminds us of today's drive-through test centres. Discover the brief history of the first drive-in Post Offic...
26/04/2021

This image reminds us of today's drive-through test centres. Discover the brief history of the first drive-in Post Office with Archivist Louise -> https://bit.ly/3f692Gq

This image reminds us of today's drive-through test centres. Discover the brief history of the first drive-in Post Office with Archivist Louise -> https://bit.ly/3f692Gq

This painting shows an early morning scene at the General Post Office, St Martin's Le Grand in the 19th Century. Mail Co...
25/04/2021

This painting shows an early morning scene at the General Post Office, St Martin's Le Grand in the 19th Century. Mail Coach Guards embarked on long and difficult journeys every day from this very spot. Did you know that the last regular London based coach service ended 175 years ago?

Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3gBy3KE

This painting shows an early morning scene at the General Post Office, St Martin's Le Grand in the 19th Century. Mail Coach Guards embarked on long and difficult journeys every day from this very spot. Did you know that the last regular London based coach service ended 175 years ago?

Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3gBy3KE

Another fine #PostboxSaturday 📮 Can you spot a ‘Penfold’ pillar box near you? Here's what to look for -> https://bit.ly/...
24/04/2021

Another fine #PostboxSaturday 📮 Can you spot a ‘Penfold’ pillar box near you? Here's what to look for -> https://bit.ly/3iyzKdX

Cry ‘God for Harry, England and St George!’ As the patron saint of England, St George has inspired a range of stamp desi...
23/04/2021

Cry ‘God for Harry, England and St George!’ As the patron saint of England, St George has inspired a range of stamp designs. Today, on St George's Day, here are just a few examples -> https://bit.ly/2xJ9evH

Cry ‘God for Harry, England and St George!’ As the patron saint of England, St George has inspired a range of stamp designs. Today, on St George's Day, here are just a few examples -> https://bit.ly/2xJ9evH

#ThrowbackThursday to London in 1935. Can you guess where these postmen loading a mail van are?
22/04/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to London in 1935. Can you guess where these postmen loading a mail van are?

#ThrowbackThursday to London in 1935. Can you guess where these postmen loading a mail van are?

Celebrate National Tea Day in style like these delegates of The British Philatelic Congress in summer 1911. They enjoyed...
21/04/2021

Celebrate National Tea Day in style like these delegates of The British Philatelic Congress in summer 1911. They enjoyed their cuppa al fresco in Warwick Castle's Rose Garden ☕

Celebrate National Tea Day in style like these delegates of The British Philatelic Congress in summer 1911. They enjoyed their cuppa al fresco in Warwick Castle's Rose Garden ☕

Made by artist and sculptor Arnold Machin, this plaster cast of HM Queen Elizabeth II is the design used on stamps since...
21/04/2021

Made by artist and sculptor Arnold Machin, this plaster cast of HM Queen Elizabeth II is the design used on stamps since 1967. It is one of the most recognisable designs of the 20th century! https://bit.ly/30lmTnM

Made by artist and sculptor Arnold Machin, this plaster cast of HM Queen Elizabeth II is the design used on stamps since 1967. It is one of the most recognisable designs of the 20th century! https://bit.ly/30lmTnM

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 95th birthday today. We mark this special day with our favourite photograp...
21/04/2021

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 95th birthday today. We mark this special day with our favourite photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952. This final design with the Queen wearing a diamond diadem would adorn stamps until 1967. Read more -> https://bit.ly/2Q9mrUa

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 95th birthday today. We mark this special day with our favourite photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952. This final design with the Queen wearing a diamond diadem would adorn stamps until 1967. Read more -> https://bit.ly/2Q9mrUa

'Dear Miss Daviesthank you for your Post-CardI have now got 125 in my album'This postcard of Garravalt Falls was sent in...
20/04/2021

'Dear Miss Davies
thank you for your Post-Card
I have now got 125 in my album'

This postcard of Garravalt Falls was sent in 1906. How many do you have in your album? #WishYouWereHere

Did you know that a postal order played a key role in the famous Winslow Boy story? George Archer Shee, a 14-year-old ca...
19/04/2021

Did you know that a postal order played a key role in the famous Winslow Boy story? George Archer Shee, a 14-year-old cadet was expelled from Osborne Naval College in 1908 for allegedly stealing a five-shilling postal order. Read more about this unique postal service -> https://bit.ly/3srMTcV

Did you know that a postal order played a key role in the famous Winslow Boy story? George Archer Shee, a 14-year-old cadet was expelled from Osborne Naval College in 1908 for allegedly stealing a five-shilling postal order. Read more about this unique postal service -> https://bit.ly/3srMTcV

Happy World Heritage Day! Mail Rail was an engineering marvel. It ran almost non-stop, day and night, transporting mail ...
18/04/2021

Happy World Heritage Day! Mail Rail was an engineering marvel. It ran almost non-stop, day and night, transporting mail underneath London for over 75 years. Experience this unique heritage attraction when we reopen again -> https://bit.ly/2FW3JNV

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a youth awards programme founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and it has since ...
17/04/2021

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a youth awards programme founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and it has since expanded to over 130 countries. In 1981 a series of stamps was released to mark its 25th anniversary.

This is a quiet scene from Windsor Castle in 1935, home to over 900 years of royal history.
16/04/2021

This is a quiet scene from Windsor Castle in 1935, home to over 900 years of royal history.

This is a quiet scene from Windsor Castle in 1935, home to over 900 years of royal history.

On this day in 1912, three telegrams were sent reporting the Titanic getting into trouble. Soon after the disaster, the ...
15/04/2021

On this day in 1912, three telegrams were sent reporting the Titanic getting into trouble. Soon after the disaster, the information on these telegrams would later turn out to be incorrect. Discover the story of postal workers on board -> https://bit.ly/2H6wiDH

#WishYouWereHere exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for mor...
13/04/2021

#WishYouWereHere exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. Opening soon -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

#WishYouWereHere exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. Opening soon -> https://bit.ly/3setBbk

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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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hello my name is Ryan Claridge i hope you are doing ok and keeping safe May I wish you a very happy new year 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 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 2021 any way you can help answer my questions regarding these queries please would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
50 years ago.....
Ah, those iconic Victorian red post boxes! My late husband, London artist Cyril Mann (1911-1980) loved them and painted them around Shoreditch, in the 1940s and ‘50s. Here is an example, with the post box next to a red lamp post, seen against a blue sky, reflected in a rain puddle at Cyril’s feet. Can I have an exhibition of Cyril’s post box paintings in the Postal Museum? Lots of people would like to see them. After 70 years, they are part of London’s postal history.
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 ?