Highlights

Explore highlights from our collections by theme.
  • Design & icons

    Explore the history of design in the postal service, from posters, uniforms, letterboxes and maps to iconic designs like the Penny Black and Machin stamp.

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  • Philatelic collection

    Our postal history includes British stamps from 1840 and the world-renowned RM Phillips Collection of British Victorian stamps.

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  • Land, air & sea

    From horse-drawn coaches to airmail, explore stories from our collections about methods used to transport the mail.

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  • Animals

    Explore the roles of different animals in the postal service, meet Tibs the Great and delve into the furry world of Post Office cats…

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  • Postal services

    Explore the history of postal services, including changes to postage rates over the years, post offices, new machines, the origins of modern postcodes and more…

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  • Wartime

    The collection includes objects and documents showing the integral role of the postal service and its employees during wartime.

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  • People

    Read stories from the collection about the variety of roles in the postal service, the changing roles of women and notable individuals in postal history.

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  • Notable events

    Read about some of the notable stories from our collection.

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  • Posters

    Explore our collection of over 6,000 posters, as well as original poster artwork.

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  • Postal uniforms

    The postman's uniform is one of the most easily recognised uniforms worn in the UK - a real symbol.

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