Discovery Room Mini-Exhibitions
Discovery Room, First Floor, The Postal Museum
Tickets not required
Visit the Discovery Room in The Postal Museum for mini-exhibitions on Post Office Cats, RMS Leinster and the famous prank letters of playwright Joe Orton as Mrs Edna Welthorpe.
150 years of Post Office Cats
Dates: 11 – 29 September
In September 1868 the Post Office appointed its first official mousers. Through selected material from the Royal Mail Archive, we illustrate the story of postal cats over the next century.
2 – 16 October
23 October – 6 November
Display marking the 100th anniversary of the 1918 sinking of a mailboat on its way from Ireland to Wales by a German U-boat; the greatest single loss of life in the Irish Sea.
Bloomsbury Festival 2018 Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) – Joe Orton’s Prank Letters
Dates: 17 – 20 October
A display of Orton-related archive material, such as the Edna letters and a selection of library book covers creatively doctored by Joe and his partner Kenneth Halliwell whilst living locally in Islington.
The Discovery Room is open all year round to visitors who wish to find out more about the history of the postal service and study original archive material.