The British Postal Museum & Archive
The British Postal Museum & Archive
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The British Postal Museum & Archive cares for the visual, written and physical records of over 400 years of postal development. We are responsible for managing The Royal Mail Archive on behalf of Royal Mail Group plc. and own the former National Postal Museum object collections, a donation from Royal Mail Group plc.
The entire collection of the British Postal Museum & Archive
is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Royal Mail Archive is open from 1000-1700 Mon-Fri, and from 1000-1900 Thurs. We are also open on selected Saturdays 1000-1700 (PLEASE CALL OR SEE WEBSITE FOR DATES). No appointment needed for most archive material. The philatelic collection may be viewed by appointment - please call for details.
Closed: Sundays, Bank Holidays and Christmas week. Annual stocktake closure period (PLEASE CALL OR SEE WEBSITE FOR DATES).
Free entry to the Search Room and exhibition area. Please bring ID.
The Royal Mail Archive is open for the public to use and enjoy. We also have a small exhibition area at The Royal Mail Archive to show highlights from our philatelic collections. You can visit the exhibition for free whenever the archive is open.
The entire collection of the British Postal Museum & Archive is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The archives relate to the operation, policy, development and social impact of the British Post Office from 1636 to the present day. The collection is outstanding in terms of its evidential, historical and cultural value and represents a comprehensive and complete coverage of the role the Post Office in employment history, overseas expansion, communications and community cohesion.
We are a combined Museum and Archive...an internationally important resource for social - and postal - history.
The Royal Mail Archive is open to the public 5-6 days a week. It contains records of The Post Office and Royal Mail from the seventeenth century to the present day.
The British Postal Museum Store houses objects ranging from the desk of Rowland Hill (founder of the Penny Post), to Mobile Post Office vehicles and an astounding assortment of letter boxes. The store is open to the public on various dates throughout the summer (PLEASE CALL OR SEE WEBSITE FOR DATES).
Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Music, Literature, Land Transport, Industry, Film and Media, Design, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Penny Black
- Great Britain Stamps
- Phillips Philatelic Collection
- Postal vehicles
- Postal uniforms
- Sorting machines
- Hand stamps
- Documentary films
- Family History sources
- Designated Collection
Messages Through Time
Messages Through Time is a document pack produced in 2003 for use by schools at Key Stage 3.
Messages Through Time gives a glimpse into the huge and fascinating collection in The Royal Mail Archive.
It comes in two parts: a collection of documents, and a teachers' handbook. The teachers' handbook is organised into themes related to the Key Stage 3 History curriculum and starts with a section exploring examples of historical evidence. Further themes follow the chronological programmes of study, as well as suggesting activities for Citizenship.
Each theme includes class activities and photocopy masters for Activity Sheets. The documents themselves are accompanied by detailed descriptions
How to obtain
To obtain a high-quality printed hard copy for £10, please email email@example.com
To view Messages Through Time online visit our website www.postalheritage.org.uk