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    • 05 July 2017
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    New Acquisitions

    Our Assistant Curator Jess gives us a glimpse of the new additions to our collection. Many of these have been kindly donated.

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    • 28 June 2017
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    Bravery, Blitz, Suffragettes

    Assistant Curator Georgina tells us the stories of brave women and men in history and how they changed our lives forever.

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    • 19 June 2017
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    Visitor Experience Team

    We caught up with our Visitor Experience Team who are getting ready to welcome first visitors to our new museum this summer.

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    • 05 June 2017
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    50th Anniversary of an Icon

    Assistant Curator Georgina tells us more about the artist who created one of the most recognisable designs of the 20th century.

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    • 31 May 2017
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    A Curator Explores: Part 2

    Our Senior Curator Julian is back exploring various post box designs. This time he takes us along the Norfolk Coast Path.

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    • 23 May 2017
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    The Chelsea Flower Show

    Our Assistant Curator Georgina shows us some beautiful flowers on stamps in celebration of The Chelsea Flowers Show.

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    • 16 May 2017
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    A First-Class Christmas

    Christmas in May? It might sound way too early but our Events Team is already out and about to promote our Mail Rail space.

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    • 10 May 2017
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    A Curator Explores: Part 1

    Follow Julian, our Senior Curator, as he hikes across the country to find some interesting designs of post boxes.

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    • 03 May 2017
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    Sorting the Past

    Join our Archivist Matt Tantony as he goes on a photographic tour of a mechanised sorting office in the 1960s.

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    • 28 April 2017
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    Stamps and Space

    Our Assistant Curator Georgina becomes an astronomer for a day as she deep dives into our collection to find the best of Space on the stamps.

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    • 13 April 2017
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    The Post Office on Titanic

    This week we're remembering the RMS Titanic on its 105th anniversary. How was the life of posties on board of the most famous ship of all?

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    • 10 April 2017
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    10 Facts About Mail Rail

    If you're keen to learn more about Mail Rail read on! In this blog we will reveal some interesting facts about Mail Rail that you might not have known.

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    • 28 March 2017
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    Mums on Stamps

    We hope you didn’t miss Mother’s Day! Assistant Curator Georgina takes us through some of her favourite stamps featuring mothers of all kinds.

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    • 22 March 2017
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    Iconic Night Mail

    This week we take a closer look at a stylistic and lyrical gem of the GPO Film Unit – and probably the greatest train documentary of all time.

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    • 14 March 2017
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    8 Steps to Museum Move

    Moving our entire collection to a new location is not an easy task. Our Curator Joanna explains what it takes to tackle each stage of the process.

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    • 07 March 2017
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    Wearing the Trousers

    8th March marks International Women’s Day and to celebrate our Curator Joanna looks at the story of Jean Cameron's clothing victory for women.

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    • 28 February 2017
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    World Book Day

    Ahead of World Book Day, we caught up with Assistant Curator Georgina who takes us through her favourite books appearing in stamp designs.

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    • 21 February 2017
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    Green Post Boxes

    Ever seen a green post box? Senior Curator Julian Stray tells us a brief history of how the post box went from red to green and back again.

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    • 14 February 2017
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    Vinegar Valentines

    On this Valentine's Day we look closely at the unexpected phenomenon of the Victorian era - 'Vinegar Valentines'.

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    • 07 February 2017
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    The Journey of a Letter

    Preparations for our first exhibition are well under way and we caught up with the exhibition officer Emma, who went behind the scenes of the film shooting.

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    • 30 January 2017
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    David Bowie Stamps

    We're so excited to share the Royal Mail's news about releasing a special edition of stamps commemorating six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours.

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    • 24 January 2017
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    National Opposites Day

    Did you know that it's National Opposites Day? Or rather, it isn't? Assistant Curator Georgina explores some polar opposite stamps...

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    • 20 January 2017
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    Favourite Stories of 2016

    2016 was a massively busy year for The Postal Museum and Mail Rail. Join us as we review our favourite blogs of last year!

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    • 10 January 2017
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    The GPO on Display, 1937

    As we look ahead to opening The Postal Museum this year, Archivist Matt looks back at a Post Office exhibition from 80 years ago...

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    • 03 January 2017
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    Arming the Post

    Assistant Curator Jessica is fascinated by our weapons collection - but why do we have one? Why did the mail need guns?

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    • 27 December 2016
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    Christmas Paper Cutting

    Have you seen this year's Christmas stamps? We take a look at their 'paper cutting' style and even have a go ourselves...

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    • 20 December 2016
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    The Sound of the Post Horn

    What could be more festive than the blaring of a brass horn? We had quite an adventure trying to sound our Post Horn...

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    • 13 December 2016
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    A Life and Love on Paper

    A box in our collection set Curator Joanna on the trail of a moving story of romance, artistry and even secret messages...

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    • 29 November 2016
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    The Crystal Palace

    Inspired by a curious envelope, Assistant Curator Georgina looks at the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition behind it...

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    • 22 November 2016
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    Endings and Beginnings

    For this year's Explore Your Archive week, Archivist Helen takes us through the momentous recent goings on in our archive...

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    • 15 November 2016
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    Bags, Tracks and Tragedy

    Nene Valley Railway are helping restore our Bag Exchange Apparatus. See how it worked - and hear a tragic tale of its danger...

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    • 13 November 2016
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    Small Acts of Remembrance

    Small acts, like relocating a war memorial, are essential to remember the sacrifices made by men and women in times of war.

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    • 11 November 2016
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    The Lord Mayor’s Show 1970

    Archivist Matt Tantony travels back in time to the 1970 Lord Mayor’s Show, when a giant postman lumbered through the streets of London...

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    • 04 November 2016
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    One Machine, Many Settings

    Get up close to a marvellous machine with Archivist Matt Tantony, all through our freshly updated online catalogue...

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    • 28 October 2016
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    Spooky Stamps

    No escaping it - it's the time of year for horror! Assistant Curator Georgina picks the stamps that give her goose pimples...

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    • 21 October 2016
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    How Do You Build a Museum?

    So how exactly do you build a museum? Project Administrator Anna Keast finds out from our Site Manager, Kent Taylor…

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    • 30 September 2016
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    Flames, Firsts and Friends

    What a month! Sparks flew as stamps and graphic novels collided, and two rock legends' albums converged thanks to our friends at the Smithsonian...

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    • 13 September 2016
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    Murder, Mystery, Stamps?

    An intriguing set of stamp designs coming out this Thursday gives our Director, Adrian Steel, the chance to reveal one of his passions: crime fiction...

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    • 12 September 2016
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    World Post Day Competition

    We're giving away prizes from the exclusive gift subscriptions service Not-Another-Bill to celebrate World Post Day on Sunday 9 October 2016.

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    • 06 September 2016
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    The McLennan Mail Art

    In 1976, a wave of creativity was unleashed on the post. Curator Joanna Espin shares the spectacular results and explores the vivid history of Mail Art...

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    • 26 August 2016
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    From Physical to Digital

    What happens if you join our Digital team for the summer? Whitney, a student of Digital Humanities at UCL, shares her experience…

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    • 19 August 2016
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    The Illustrated Word

    Illustrations bring stories and characters to life, and some of the best become stamps. Assistant Curator Georgina chooses her favourites...

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    • 12 August 2016
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    A Curator Explores: Part 2

    We continue a journey around the fringes of London with Julian Stray, Senior Curator, as he brings to life the curious world of everyday post boxes...

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    • 05 August 2016
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    A Curator Explores: Part 1

    Do you ever stop to look at the things you brush past in the street? Our Senior Curator, Julian, does. Explore the peculiarities of post boxes as he loops around London...

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    • 22 July 2016
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    They think it’s all over…

    2016 marks 50 years since England's greatest football victory. We tell the story through The Postal Museum's stamp collection...

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    • 15 July 2016
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    Two Weeks at The Postal Museum

    We were lucky enough to have Leanna join the team for a little while. She explains what she got up to and what she learned...

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    • 01 July 2016
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    Cardboard Railways & Airborne Machines

    Archivist Matt Tantony has some wonderful discoveries to share from the latest photographs we've brought to light...

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    • 27 June 2016
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    Digital Team – Preparing the website for MailRail

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    • 24 June 2016
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    Celebrating 500 years of Royal Mail

    A lot has changed over 500 years! Fundraising Officer Rhea shows and tells how we celebrated Royal Mail's anniversary at the Guildhall...

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    • 17 June 2016
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    Spotting a Royal Cypher

    What is a Royal Cypher? Delve into The Postal Museum's collection to find how they pop up on pillar boxes, medals and (of course!) stamps...

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    • 10 June 2016
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    Sharing Stories at the World Stamp Show

    So how did it go? Fundraising Events Officer Rhea gives her view of New York's World Stamp Show, and some of the exciting stories we shared and heard...

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    • 03 June 2016
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    Stranger Things Have Happened at Sea

    Investigating a mysterious letter, Curator Joanna Espin discovers a deeply personal window onto a journey taken 135 years ago...

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    • 24 May 2016
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    Penny Blacks in New York

    As we prepare to take our most treasured possessions abroad for the first time, Fundraising Events Officer Rhea talks us through her own journey...

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    • 20 May 2016
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    Arts & Crafts & Stamps

    For many years, stamp designs have provided a showcase for other crafts. Curatorial Assistant Georgina picks a few of her favourites...

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    • 13 May 2016
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    Postmen’s Whistles

    Senior Curator Julian Stray takes a whistle-stop tour through a curious part of rural life...

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    • 06 May 2016
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    Nuts and Bolts in Mail Rail

    How do you get a hidden railway ready to open? Project Administrator Anna Keast finds out from Steve Farrow, Construction Manager for Mail Rail...

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    • 15 April 2016
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    Cry ‘God for Harry, England and St George!’

    St George: famous for slaying a dragon and saving a Princess. To mark St George's Day we look into his pictorial impact on stamps.

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    • 18 March 2016
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    Putting the ‘Spring’ in Stamps

    With Spring upon us, we take a look into The Postal Museum's collection to find the very best stamps of the season.

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    • 11 March 2016
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    A New Post, a New Passion

    What’s it like to join The Postal Museum? Lesley, Director of Finance & Resources, shares what caught her imagination…

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    • 26 February 2016
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    Leaflet Labyrinth: As Cool as Jools

    Archivist Matt Tantony shares a blast from the past, discovering a favourite childhood character in a box of leaflets. 'Wicked!'

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    • 19 February 2016
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    I ♥ Stamps

    Discover what happens when stamps do romance, with the help of Philatelic Assistant Georgina Tomlinson...

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    • 04 February 2016
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    Welcome to The Postal Museum from Adrian Steel

    An introduction to our new website, our new brand and The Postal Museum project from our Director.

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