Postal Workers of the Pandemic

Communication has been more important than ever this year, and we’re not just talking about letters.

Without saying a word, postal workers up and down the country have been spreading optimism and resilience across communities by wearing fancy dress, playing door-step games and through many other kind-hearted activities. We know peoples’ spirits have been lifted by this interaction and we’ve seen posters expressing thanks in windows, and notes of gratitude chalked onto the pavement.

Chalk messages to postal workers thanking for their help during the pandemic

The Postal Museum wants to reflect this ongoing conversation of support between postal workers and the public by collecting posters, thank you cards, fancy dress costumes and photographs. And we aren’t just collecting physical objects. We would love to hear about the videos postal workers have created featuring covers of popular hits and original songs, like Kev Hughes’ unforgettable message to residents on his round:

Items received during this project will be added to our wider COVID-19 and the Post collection, which explores the changing significance of the post throughout the pandemic by collecting letters, greetings cards, parcels and packaging. We are also recording how Royal Mail and Post Office has adapted to work during a public health crisis. During a year in which postal workers have been key workers, we are planning several interviews with front line Royal Mail and Post Office staff, to record the challenges and difficulties faced and give space for postal workers to describe their lived experiences.

If you have an item you would like to donate to the museum, please get in touch at [email protected]

We will only be able to take a sample of what is offered. One item can tell many stories, and we have limited space, so we will be in touch when we are able to receive items that we would like to collect. Items will not go on display immediately and some may never be displayed.