A downloadable glossary of philatelic terms, compiled from a variety of sources, can be downloaded here.
Our collection comprises registration sheets, essays (trial stamps) and proofs of all stages of British stamp production from 1840 to the present day.Read more
R M Phillips Collection
In 1965, Reginald M Phillips donated his award-winning collection of British Victorian stamps to the nation. It is now in our care.Read more
British postal stationery
Our collections of postal stationery date from 1840 to the present day.Read more
British postal markings
Datestamps, rate markings, indications of the origin, route and arrival of mail, and evidence of automatic cancelling and sorting.Read more
Universal Postal Union stamps
The Postal Museum's collection comprises all the stamps sent out by the UPU from 1874 until now, together with some examples of imprinted postal stationery.Read more
In-depth studies into the production of British stamps from George V to Elizabeth II.Read more
Caring for stamps and postal history
Do you have a collection? Read advice for preserving a collection of stamps or postal history.