Celebrating 500 years of Royal Mail
A lot has changed over 500 years! Fundraising Events Officer Rhea shows and tells how we celebrated Royal Mail's anniversary at the Guildhall...
Last Saturday we exhibited at London’s prestigious Guildhall to help celebrate 500 years since the mail became ‘Royal’. A combination of the stunning venue, make-your-own-hard-hat activities and no rain meant that a great day was had by all.
It was an early start to set-up our various elements on show – not only were we spreading the word about our new museum, but we also brought with us The Last Post and (shiny new) Mail Rail exhibitions, as well as an original Mail Rail car.
How better to mark the anniversary than with the appearance of a beautiful horse-drawn Mail Coach? Crowds gathered to see both the arrival of the coach and postman Mark Penfold, who had walked all the way from Edinburgh – an incredible 500 miles – to raise money for charity.
We were certainly popular. We met with lots of new people excited to see us when we open, many of whom were keen to sign up for our volunteering programme. It’s great to receive such a positive response from people who may have not heard about our project until now.
What really got people’s attention, however, was the debut of the Mail Rail exhibition’s inflatable tunnel – which held its own against the wind!
On top of sharing our knowledge and building anticipation for The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, as we draw closer to the final stretch, some of us even found time for a costume change…
– Rhea Harvey, Fundraising Events Officer