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The Postal Museum The Postal Museum is temporarily closed due to Coronavirus outbreak but here weโ€™ll continue to share the surprising stories of the first social network and the hidden underground Mail Rail.
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On Spotify and party ready? ๐ŸŽต We picked our favourite postal tunes to help you through the lockdown -> https://bit.ly/35...
02/05/2020

On Spotify and party ready? ๐ŸŽต We picked our favourite postal tunes to help you through the lockdown -> https://bit.ly/35fziL6

Did we miss any? Let us know ๐Ÿ‘‡

โ€œโ€ฆ A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous washโ€On this day 180 yea...
01/05/2020

โ€œโ€ฆ A bit of paper just large enough to bear the stamp, and covered at the back with a glutinous washโ€

On this day 180 years ago The Penny Black went on sale for the first time. Learn more about the worldโ€™s first postage stamp -> https://bit.ly/2GWOi5V

Head of Collections Chris Taft writes a letter to Mail Rail:'we go way back! 2002 in fact, even before your network clos...
01/05/2020

Head of Collections Chris Taft writes a letter to Mail Rail:
'we go way back! 2002 in fact, even before your network closed to mail traffic. I think I first met you in July 2002 when I paid a visit on a more general tour of Mount Pleasant'.

Read it in full -> https://bit.ly/2YwdPML

Open a box from our collection that set Curator Joanna on the trail of a moving story of romance, artistry and even secr...
30/04/2020

Open a box from our collection that set Curator Joanna on the trail of a moving story of romance, artistry and even secret messages...https://bit.ly/35BfeSC #MuseumFromHome

Today is all about #MuseumFromHome as we join BBC Arts. From heartwarming stories of communication to virtual exhibition...
30/04/2020

Today is all about #MuseumFromHome as we join BBC Arts. From heartwarming stories of communication to virtual exhibitions, enjoy the best from our collections online -> https://bit.ly/2yd71s6

Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom Moore ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ฏ ๐ŸŽˆ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ‚We imagine you'll be opening all your cards for the next few weeks...
30/04/2020

Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom Moore ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ฏ ๐ŸŽˆ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ‚
We imagine you'll be opening all your cards for the next few weeks...

"I #WishYouWereHere in the museum to see my favourite item on display, the 1965 โ€˜albumโ€™ by artist and stamp designer Dav...
29/04/2020

"I #WishYouWereHere in the museum to see my favourite item on display, the 1965 โ€˜albumโ€™ by artist and stamp designer David Gentleman. He proposed new commemorative stamp subjects such as birds, transport, architecture and regional landscapes. I like this album so much because it really is the starting point of modern British stamp design allowing the creation of more varied and simple stamps." Gavin, Senior Archivist

Learn more about stamp design -> https://bit.ly/2Yiifq3

Gotta catch 'em all ๐Ÿ“ฎ Show us pillar boxes you've spotted on your walks or runs and challenge yourself to find one for e...
28/04/2020

Gotta catch 'em all ๐Ÿ“ฎ Show us pillar boxes you've spotted on your walks or runs and challenge yourself to find one for each British monarch with our top tips -> https://bit.ly/2rw0fXz

27/04/2020
Royal Mail

Give a thumbs up for your local postie ๐Ÿ‘ #ThumbsUpForYourPostie

How to get involved:

1.) Take a selfie of you and others in your house giving a thumbs up
2.) Upload to your favourite social network, and use #ThumbsUpForYourPostie so we can see :)
3.) Share! We want our posties to know how appreciated they are!

https://www.royalmail.com/thumbsup

Travel back in time in 30 pictures to celebrate the hard work of postal workers across the UK. Know a postie who goes ab...
26/04/2020

Travel back in time in 30 pictures to celebrate the hard work of postal workers across the UK. Know a postie who goes above and beyond to deliver the mail? Give them a big #ThumbsUpForYourPostie on social to show your appreciation ๐Ÿ‘ https://bit.ly/2KAM25f

25/04/2020
postal tv picks

Popcorn at the ready! ๐Ÿฟ Relax with our top 5 postal-themed TV series to watch during lockdown -> https://bit.ly/2Kx4X0Q

Did we miss any? Let us know ๐Ÿ‘‡

"You captured me the first time I set my eyes on you, on my very first day working at The Postal Museum. I was taken aba...
24/04/2020

"You captured me the first time I set my eyes on you, on my very first day working at The Postal Museum. I was taken aback: struck first by your provenance (โ€œVanessa Bell, really?โ€), I came to quickly admire the way in which you elevated a commonplace transaction to a level never considered, let alone celebrated."

This Friday's guest is our Archivist Meg writing to her favourite object - 'The Last Minute' poster -> https://bit.ly/2KyOn0w

Spot the postie! This week's #ThrowbackThursday takes us near Nairn, Scotland in 1938. This is how a postman would cross...
23/04/2020

Spot the postie! This week's #ThrowbackThursday takes us near Nairn, Scotland in 1938. This is how a postman would cross the river Findhorn using a small wooden overhead hoist.

Cry โ€˜God for Harry, England and St George!โ€™ As patron saint of England, St George has inspired a range of stamp designs....
23/04/2020

Cry โ€˜God for Harry, England and St George!โ€™ As patron saint of England, St George has inspired a range of stamp designs. To celebrate his feast day here are just a few examples -> https://bit.ly/2xJ9evH

"I #WishYouWereHere in our museum, Mail Rail running and everything busy. But since we can't be there, here's my favouri...
22/04/2020

"I #WishYouWereHere in our museum, Mail Rail running and everything busy. But since we can't be there, here's my favourite thing on display, the Cross Written Letter". Jade, Marketing Manager

Learn about why people were writing in several directions before 1840 -> https://bit.ly/2zfMMHo

Keep calm and drink _________Today is National Tea Day! โ˜• Whether it's your favourite cuppa or the most popular drink of...
21/04/2020

Keep calm and drink _________

Today is National Tea Day! โ˜• Whether it's your favourite cuppa or the most popular drink of the moment, a Quarantini, what drink is helping you through the lockdown?

What's the funniest, weirdest or most exotic postcard you've received, kept and almost forgotten you still have? We'd lo...
21/04/2020

What's the funniest, weirdest or most exotic postcard you've received, kept and almost forgotten you still have? We'd love to see it! ๐Ÿคฉ

We've loved seeing the ways people are communicating throughout their neighbourhoods, such as chalking the pavement and ...
20/04/2020

We've loved seeing the ways people are communicating throughout their neighbourhoods, such as chalking the pavement and putting rainbows in windows. What examples of #DistantSocialising have you seen in your area? ๐ŸŒˆ

From the first scheduled airmail service in 1911 to the present day ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ Discover how the mail has been carried by planes ...
19/04/2020

From the first scheduled airmail service in 1911 to the present day ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ Discover how the mail has been carried by planes -> https://bit.ly/2Ay4nOu

Looking for things to do this weekend? Get your popcorn ready and pick from our selection of top 5 movies with a postal ...
18/04/2020

Looking for things to do this weekend? Get your popcorn ready and pick from our selection of top 5 movies with a postal theme to watch in quarantine ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ https://bit.ly/3biUmT1

Did we miss any? Let us know ๐Ÿ‘‡

"Many of us are rediscovering letters and postcards, sending our love across the country, gratefully receiving handโ€“writ...
17/04/2020

"Many of us are rediscovering letters and postcards, sending our love across the country, gratefully receiving handโ€“written messages from friends and family. Sometime soon, I hope, I will see you again โ€“ and stand in front of you, grateful for our connected, recovered world."

Every Friday weโ€™re inviting guests to share a letter to something they love linked to the post. Our first one is from our CEO Laura Wright writing to her favourite object - The Blue Post Box ๐Ÿ“ฎ https://bit.ly/2Kek2Ve

...โ€™till we can be together againโ€™...Curator Joanna looks at three couples who used letters to express their feelings wh...
17/04/2020

...โ€™till we can be together againโ€™...Curator Joanna looks at three couples who used letters to express their feelings whilst separated ๐Ÿ’Œ https://bit.ly/2MNo72S

#ThrowbackThursday to a village near Truro, Cornwall in 1984. These daffodils in bloom were sure to cheer up this local ...
16/04/2020

#ThrowbackThursday to a village near Truro, Cornwall in 1984. These daffodils in bloom were sure to cheer up this local postwoman on her delivery rounds ๐ŸŒท Explore the signs of Spring through stamps -> https://bit.ly/2Vtf9wy

15/04/2020
Mail Rail Virtual Tour

Our doors are temporarily closed but you can experience our star attraction - Mail Rail - through our virtual tour. Take a ride online for a limited time only ๐Ÿš‚ https://bit.ly/2XEzotU

Experience The Postal Museum from the comfort of your own home. From heartwarming stories of communication to virtual ex...
15/04/2020

Experience The Postal Museum from the comfort of your own home. From heartwarming stories of communication to virtual exhibitions, weโ€™ll be sharing the best from our collections to entertain and inspire you to make meaningful connections -> https://bit.ly/2yd71s6

Three telegrams were sent on this day in 1912 reporting Titanic getting into a trouble. Soon after the disaster, the inf...
15/04/2020

Three telegrams were sent on this day in 1912 reporting Titanic getting into a 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

On the blog, read about the historic Easter Rising which took place in Dublin in 1916 and explore the impact on the post...
14/04/2020

On the blog, read about the historic Easter Rising which took place in Dublin in 1916 and explore the impact on the postal service and the efforts made to ensure communications remained open -> https://bit.ly/2Ulscxy

Easter Monday challenge ๐Ÿง This postcard sent to Miss Essex in 1905 has a secret message! Can you crack the code?
13/04/2020

Easter Monday challenge ๐Ÿง This postcard sent to Miss Essex in 1905 has a secret message! Can you crack the code?

'We are having grand weather here now I'm sure you would have enjoyed yourself if you had come down. Please let me have ...
12/04/2020

'We are having grand weather here now I'm sure you would have enjoyed yourself if you had come down. Please let me have a line soon to know how you all are'

This 1910 postcard for Willie from Leicester shows a typical religious theme of five doves flying above a cross made from blue and white flowers.

Four happy chicks playing tunes on a banjo? ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿช• The perfect Easter vibes on this postcard sent from May to Cissie. Explo...
11/04/2020

Four happy chicks playing tunes on a banjo? ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿช• The perfect Easter vibes on this postcard sent from May to Cissie. Explore more designs -> https://bit.ly/2UHLaU7

Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฐ Over the next few days we'll share cheerful postcards starting with this one showing busy bunnies in the...
10/04/2020

Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฐ Over the next few days we'll share cheerful postcards starting with this one showing busy bunnies in their Easter eggs workshop sent to Barry by his auntie in 1928.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. This week's #ThrowbackThursday takes us to a mail sorting office du...
09/04/2020

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. This week's #ThrowbackThursday takes us to a mail sorting office during Air Raid Precautions Training in c.1938. Postal workers had to prepare for possible gas attacks and aerial bombing.

Did you know that during the Second World War up until 1944 the Mail Rail tunnels were used as air-raid shelters? Read m...
08/04/2020

Did you know that during the Second World War up until 1944 the Mail Rail tunnels were used as air-raid shelters? Read more interesting facts about Mail Rail -> https://bit.ly/2F4tB4y

The only epidemic we need right now! Explore our growing collection of over 6,000 posters dating from the 1930s -> https...
07/04/2020

The only epidemic we need right now! Explore our growing collection of over 6,000 posters dating from the 1930s -> https://bit.ly/2UzOHlw

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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!
Thanks for allowing me to be the Christmas Ambassadog! Today is my last day on the job ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ“ฎ๐Ÿ“ฌ happy posting! Love, Gypsy x x x
Gypsy, the Postal Ambassadog is saying โ€˜the last postal date for guaranteed delivery for Christmas was today, so now relax, enjoy and Happy Christmas!โ€™
Hello! Gypsy reporting for duty as Christmas Ambassadog ๐Ÿ“ฎ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿถ #jobsfurdogs The Postal Museum Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ’–
Veronica, this might be of interest to the children when you are next in London
#jobsfurdogs @thepostalmuseum
Dear (former) colleagues, I am please to report that Iโ€™m resting nicely after stepping down from my role as ambassadog to the museum.
Our top 10 guide to Visit London including The Postal Museum!
Norah Bones is ready to hand over the hat to the next Postal Museum Ambassadog. She has licked many envelopes and sniffed many sacks...itโ€™s time for a lie down with her collection of junk mail โœ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ“จ