From 1924 the collections include all artwork, adopted and unadopted, for all issued and some un-issued stamps. Material is constantly added to the collections as we receive around 500 pieces of stamp artwork from Royal Mail every year.
Also included in our collection are stamps for overseas territories produced under the auspices of the British Post Office. This includes some artwork and essays. We also hold some material on stamps for British colonies. These were produced by the Royal Mint or the Inland Revenue at Somerset House.
The final element of our British stamps is the De la Rue material. This contains the correspondence and day books of the stamp printers De La Rue to about 1940. These are available in microfilm format in our Archive Discovery Room.
The best way to see all our philatelic and postal history collections is by appointment with the Senior Curator, Philately, Douglas Muir. To make an appointment, please call 020 8183 0067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Victoria stamps
For the stamps of Queen Victoria there are two major aspects to The Postal Museum's public record collections - the R M Phillips Collection and unique registration (imprimatur) sheets.Read more
Edward VII stamps
Most Edwardian stamps used the same or similar frames around the portraits to those of the late Victorian period.Read more
George V stamps
Our collection of King George V stamps reflects the fact that his reign saw many "firsts" for British stamps.Read more
Edward VIII stamps
Although only four postage stamps were issued for the reign of King Edward VIII there is still a wealth of material in The Postal Museum collections.Read more
George VI stamps
Our collections contain all of the artwork (adopted and unadopted) and essays for the definitive and commemorative stamp issues of George VI’s reign.Read more
Elizabeth II stamps
Our collection of Elizabeth II registration sheets and stamp artwork illustrates the modern evolution of stamp design.Read more