Colne Valley Postal History Museum

Colne Valley Postal History Museum
In the grounds of: The Laurels
109 Head Street
Halstead
Essex
CO9 2AZ
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.cvphm.org

E-mail

Curator

curator@cvphm.org

Museum Shop

sales@cvphm.org

Fax

General

01787 478226

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Postboxes galore!
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A privately owned Postal History Museum in the heart of East Anglia. The collection has been built up over a number of years by one man and now comprises more than 70 ex-British Post Office letter boxes together with Stamp Vending Machines, documents and associated artefacts. The museum houses the second-largest private collection of Post Boxes in the UK and is an invaluable resource for teaching and historical research.

We take education very seriously at the Colne Valley Postal History Museum. We have a qualified teacher on our staff and we are able to work with schools and colleges in a number of ways. The location of the Museum, in a suburban garden, means that whilst we can accept pre-arranged group visits, we must limit the number of participants to twenty at one time for health and safety reasons. Students can experience the collection first hand and can handle most of the exhibits on site.

We also undertake to bring artefacts in to school to support learning as part of the National Curriculum. Our collection of Victorian post boxes from 1861 to 1901 illustrates Victorian engineering and design during the period and is ideal for KS3 studies.

We also have genuine and facsimile documents to support Victorian Studies. The design, construction and use of the British post box itself is an ideal topic for the study of Resistent Materials, and several sets of materials are available to support this.

Scholars wishing to research the history of the wayside letter box are most welcome to visit and discuss their work with our knowledgeable technical team. We can also give guidance on restoration and care of historic objects.

Finally, our Curator is available on an ad hoc basis to speak about the first 150 years of British Post Box Design and Use. This is a 1 hour PowerPoint presentation which outlines the fascinating history of the Post Box in Britain from 1853 to the present era.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Unfortunately, due to Public Liability insurance restrictions, the Museum is only open on a 'walk-in' basis during the annual Heritage Open Days weekend. This year it falls on Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th September 2006. The Museum will be open to the public without an appointment from 10.00am until 4.00pm on both days.

The Museum is open by appointment at any other reasonable time, subject to one of our team being available, so why not e-mail us if you are planning a visit to East Anglia?

Closed: October through to Easter

Admission charges

Entrance to Museum is entirely free, but we do ask for a small donation towards upkeep costs if you enjoyed your visit.

Collection details

Social History

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Heritage Open Days 2014: Colne Valley Postal History Museum

  • 13 September 2014

See the 2012 'Shed of the Year' category winner! A fully eqipped 1950s post office, 1937 telephone kiosk and, now fully open for 2014, the 300 sq ft 'Astwood Bank Post Office' set in the 1980s. All shown in a rural garden with no less than 125 restored British, Irish, French and Chinese post boxes.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/colne-valley-postal-history-museum

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