Explore themes from our collections below.
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.Read more
Our postal history includes British stamps from 1840 and the world-renowned RM Phillips Collection of British Victorian stamps.Read more
Land, air & sea
From horse-drawn coaches to airmail, explore stories from our collections about methods used to transport the mail.Read more
Explore the roles of different animals in the postal service, meet Tibs the Great and delve into the furry world of Post Office cats…Read more
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…Read more
The collection includes objects and documents showing the integral role of the postal service and its employees during wartime.Read more
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.Read more
Read about some of the notable stories from our collection.Read more
Caring for the collection
For more information about what and how we collect, please see our Collections Development Policy.
What is a Rotation?
Having completed the first object rotation Assistant Curator Jessica explains what it is and why it is vital for objects on display.Read more
Conservation of Letters
Meet our Conservator Barbara and find out what it takes to care for delicate objects from our collection.Read more
Caring for stamps and postal history
Advice for preserving a collection of stamps or postal history.Read more
Our digitisation studio has the specialist gear to digitise our varied collections. We can help with yours too!Read more
Where else to look
Haven’t found what you’re looking for?
Have a browse through our list of other useful sources for postal research on the British Isles:
Links to other sources
A list of other postal archives and museums, as well as philatelic and postal history organisations and websites.Read more