Philatelic reads

Ever wonder why some stamps were produced but never issued? Learn more below and other interesting stories from the world of philately.

  • The Machin Design

    Find out about the creation of one of the most recognisable designs of the 20th century.

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  • The Penny Black

    A short history of the first and most famous stamp in the world.

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  • Stamp Design

    Need to know the basics of British stamp design? Read our short overview.

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  • Rowland Hill’s postal reforms

    Find out how Victorian reformer Rowland Hill changed the face of the British postal service for ever.

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    • 12 September 2018

    First or second class?

    50 years ago stamp classes were introduced by the Postal Office. Volunteer Cyril has first-class details of this new system.

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    • 22 May 2018

    Stamps That Never Were

    Curator of Philately Stuart offers a rare glimpse at stamps that never quite made it for the public release.

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    • 18 February 2019

    Stamp Oddities and Curiosities

    Curator of Philately Stuart shares some wonderfully bizarre stamps from our collections.

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    • 11 September 2019

    The Wembley Stamp

    This London Design Festival Deputy Curator Georgina looks at a design masterpiece by artist Harold Nelson.

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    • 20 November 2019

    The mysterious Victorian stamp forgery

    Who forged stamps on telegrams at the Telegraph Office in the London Stock Exchange in 1872? Deputy Curator Georgina investigates.

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