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While we’re temporarily closed, we’re sharing stories of extraordinary communication from our archives and collections. We’re also gathering the inspiring ways you’re connecting with each other and providing some entertainment inspired by the postal service. Sign up to our newsletter for monthly updates.


 

Activities

Get inspired by our archives and collection with things to make and do from home.

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    • 14 May 2020

    Letter Writing Activities in Lockdown

    Get writing! Here are 10 projects to beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

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    • blog
    • 22 October 2020

    Beginners Guide to Stamp Collecting

    Old or young there is never a bad time to start stamp collecting.

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    • 23 December 2020

    Collecting Festive Post

    Take part in our project to document the COVID-19 crisis by donating your festive letters and cards.

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    • 17 June 2016

    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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Watch

Our series of videos are great for enquiring minds looking to learn about Britain’s postal heritage.

  • Journey of a Letter

    Have you ever wondered how a letter gets from you to its destination?

  • World’s First Christmas Card

    177 years ago the world’s first Christmas card was sent. How did this tradition start, and why did it catch on?

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Virtual Museum

Experience Mail Rail from the comfort of your own home, have a peek at our large objects in our off site store, explore objects from the collection and revisit our past exhibitions.

  • Mail Rail from Home

    For a limited time whilst The Postal Museum is closed, take a virtual tour of Mail Rail, from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Searching for family histories of GPO War Heroes

    To mark VE Day, we invite the public to share family histories from relatives of Post Office service personnel who gave their lives during the First and Second World War.

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  • Online exhibit: Voices from the Deep

    View our online exhibit about the story of the SS Gairsoppa, its recovery, and the objects and letters on board...

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    • 13 August 2019

    Tour our off-site object store

    Have a nosey around our Museum Object Store in Essex on a behind the scenes tour.

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Short Reads

Our shorter reads are great for discovering incredible stories when you’re light on time.

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    • 10 December 2020

    Angels on Stamps

    This Christmas we explore the different depictions of angels that have appeared on British stamps.

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    • blog
    • 01 December 2020

    Post Early for Christmas

    Read about the Post Office's publicity campaign that was ‘too successful’.

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    • blog
    • 19 August 2020

    The Joy of Greetings Cards

    Archivist Meg shares her experience of receiving a hand-made greetings card during lockdown and what it meant to her.

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    • 10 September 2020

    Evolution of The Post Box

    It may be a familiar feature of our landscape, but the post box has never stayed the same for long.

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Long Reads

If you have a little longer, take an in depth look through postal history with articles from our expert archivists and curators.

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    • 24 December 2020

    Christmas Post in WWII

    Curator Joanna explores the difficulties facing the Post Office when delivering wartime Christmas post.

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    • blog
    • 02 July 2020

    Health, Pandemics and the Victorian Post Office

    Guest blogger Professor David Green describes the impact of the deadly Russian flu on postal workers.

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    • blog
    • 25 June 2020

    The Pneumatic Despatch Railway - The Surviving Record

    Are there any survivors of the grand Victorian Pneumatic Railway? Senior Curator Julian investigates.

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    • blog
    • 08 May 2020

    Searching for GPO War Hero Stories

    For VE day, Deputy Curator Georgina explores the history of postal workers who died in military service during WWII.

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