Collections

Our collections are extensive and varied, comprising official records and personal stories and the objects that bring these to life.

We hold over 380 years’ worth of records, 60,000 objects and literally millions of stamps and postal history items that help in the exploration of our history.

The Postal Museum collections fit into three main types of material: archive, museum, and philatelic. These are all listed in our online catalogue.

  • Archive collection

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

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  • Museum collection

    The Postal Museum holds an astonishing and varied collection of objects that reflect the development of postal history over the decades.

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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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  • Online catalogue

    Our online catalogue contains more than 120,000 records describing the files, objects, stamps, posters, photographs and other material in our collections.

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Something to donate?

The Postal Museum is constantly refreshing and developing its collections.

If you hold material you think may be of interest to the collection then do please get in touch.

We encourage people to make contact and if possible send an image of the items you are considering donating. Please do not just send items in, as unfortunately we cannot accept everything. If we accept your offer then we will ask you to complete a simple form to officially donate the items to us.

For more information about what and how we collect please see our Collections Development Policy.

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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.

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