8 February - 3 September 2023
The Postal Museum
Included in museum ticket

Last chance to see some of the rarest and most valuable British stamps in our temporary exhibition.

Discover the story of definitive stamps, from the reigns of six monarchs and explore over 180 years of iconic design.

Definitive stamps are everyday stamps, which in the UK feature the reigning King or Queen. This year, a new monarch will feature on stamps for the first time in 70 years.   

Find out how stamps and royal cyphers are developed and produced and how monarchs influence these designs, shaping their own royal identity through everyday objects.  

Exhibition highlights include:

Printing proofs showing how the first ever stamp, the famous Penny Black, was developed.
Artwork showing how royal cyphers from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II have been produced.
Terence Cuneo’s original painting of The Flying Scotsman, used in the 1985 ‘Famous Trains’ commemorative stamp release.