Elizabeth II stamps 1965-1970
As a result, the collection reflects the increased number of issued stamps in its holdings of artwork (adopted and unadopted) and essays.
For high values printed recess we also have metal dies, rollers and printing plates. In addition, all stamps are kept in registration sheets for every format including booklets and rolls.
‘Off with her head’
Part of the revolution in design was the attempt to remove The Queen’s head from stamps. We hold the album of experimental designs prepared by David Gentleman in 1965-6, and also most of the artwork on which that is based.
There are also a large number of essays showing different forms of The Queen’s head and ideas for its replacement.
The Machin head
One other result was the development of a replacement for the Wilding definitives. We hold all the submitted artwork leading up to the accepted design by Arnold Machin. Many stages are represented by plaster cast models by Machin.
At the same time watermarked paper was phased out and various phosphor trials were undertaken. In preparation for the change-over to decimal currency in 1971 many colour trials of Machin definitives were carried out at Cambridge. These are all part of the collections.
Stamp Artwork Online
Commemorative stamps, stamp artwork and registration sheets can be viewed on our online catalogue.
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.