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  • Rowland Hill’s postal reforms

    How Victorian reformer Rowland Hill changed the face of the British postal service for ever.

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  • Letter Boxes

    Letter boxes in Britain have become an iconic symbol of the nation, recognised the world over.

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  • The Great Train Robbery

    Around 3.00am on Thursday 8 August 1963, more than £2.5 million was stolen from a Travelling Post Office...

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  • Postal uniforms

    The postman's uniform is one of the most easily recognised uniforms worn in the UK - a real symbol.

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  • The Penny Black

    A short history of the first and most famous stamp in the world.

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  • The Imperial Service Medal

    Upon retirement, long-standing Post Office employees might be awarded the Imperial Service Medal.

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  • The story of Mail Rail

    The Post Office (London) Underground Railway - 'Mail Rail' - carried mail under the streets of London from 1927 to 2003.

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  • Post Office Cats

    Meet Tibs the Great and delve into the furry world of Post Office cats...

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  • Stamp design

    Need to know the basics of British stamp design? Read our short overview.

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  • The Post Office Rifles

    Around 12,000 men have fought for the Post Office Rifles throughout the regiment's history.

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  • The Post Office and the First World War

    The First World War brought many changes to the Post Office, and it was never the same again.

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  • Postal history of India

    The postal history of India is tied to its complex political history. We can shed some light on British influences.

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  • Women in the Post Office

    A short introduction to the roles women have played in the running of the Post Office.

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  • Mail Coaches

    A whistlestop tour through the curious and dangerous history of British mail coaches.

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  • Postcodes

    Find out all about the origins of modern postcodes.

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  • Post Office Statistics

    These charts and statistics illustrate the fortunes of the Post Office and Royal Mail over the past 170 years.

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  • Internal postage & parcel rates

    Ever wonder what postage cost at particular times? Have a browse through these postage and parcel rates.

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  • 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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