The Postal Museum
Opening in early 2017, our new museum in Clerkenwell, London, will reveal stories from five centuries of Britain’s remarkable, and often curious, social and communications history through the eyes of one of its most iconic services.
The Royal Mail Archive is open from 1000-1700 Tues-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
Museum of the Post Office in the Community
- 9 September 2012 — 1 January 2019 *on now
Located above the Victorian Post Office at Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Museum of the Post Office in the Community explores the vital role the Post Office has played in the lives of generations of Britons. From opening up long-distance communications to the masses, to providing essential services in the most remote communities in the country.
The exhibition tells this fascinating story through a series of remarkable objects including a five-wheeled ‘Hen and Chicks’ cycle, early examples of a telegram and instantly recognisable postal icons including letter boxes and motorbikes.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Legges Way, Telford, Shropshire
Monday – Sunday:
10.00am – 5.00pm
(4.00pm Nov – Mar)
Admission charges apply, exhibition entry included in ticket price. See www.ironbridge.org.uk or telephone 01952 884391 for further details.
Admission charges apply, exhibition entry included in ticket price.
See www.ironbridge.org.uk or telephone 01952 884391 for further details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To view Messages Through Time online visit our website www.postalheritage.org.uk
The Postal Museum
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