Study original material

Opening times
Wednesday to Friday 10:30 - 16:30
(except Bank Holidays)
The Postal Museum, First Floor

Open on selected Saturdays:

  • 13 August, 10 September and 1 October 2022
  • And then the second Saturday of each month

If you just want to come and browse the reference area, then you don’t need to do anything in advance! If you know you want to consult original archive material, then some preparation will make your visit go more smoothly. 

Search our collections

Before you visit, see what we have in our collections by searching our online catalogue.

If you need advice on identifying which records may be useful for you, or help with your booking, then please contact the Archive team using the contact form below.

Book your visit

To look at original archive documents, please book an appointment and order the documents at least a day in advance. You can do this when you register, and then log in, to The Postal Museum Catalogue or by contacting the Archive team.

We strongly recommend you always book in advance, especially if you are making a special trip, travelling a long way, or wanting to see material on a Saturday. We cannot guarantee you a seat or that we will be able to retrieve documents for you, otherwise.

In order to see original documents, you must also register for an archive User Card. Please note, registering to order documents via the online catalogue is NOT the same as registering for a User Card. See below on how to get a User Card.

Get a User Card

To view original documents you must sign up for a User Card.

To sign up, please complete this form and bring ID and proof of home address on your first visit. Please see here for details of accepted forms of ID.

On subsequent visits, you will only need to bring your User Card.

Contact the Archive Team

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The Postal Museum looks after over 400 years of postal heritage, including the archive of Royal Mail Group plc, and Post Office Ltd.