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Whilst 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. Browse below and join in on social media wherever you follow us.

 

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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    • 21 May 2020

    A Letter to the Post Bus

    This Friday's guest is Historian & Broadcaster Tim Dunn writing a letter to the Post Bus.

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    • 18 May 2020

    Distant Socialising Through History and Today

    Curator Joanna explores historic and today's examples of keeping in touch while keeping a distance.

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    • 13 May 2020

    A Letter to the Drive-In Post Office

    This Friday's guest is Archivist Louise, writing a letter to the drive-in Post Office.

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    • 17 April 2020

    A Letter to The Blue Post Box

    Every Friday we’re inviting guests to share a letter to something they love linked to the post. Read the first in the series.

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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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    • 13 May 2020

    A Day in the Life of a Conservator

    Step into the shoes of Conservator Eleni and find out what her typical day is like.

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    • 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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    • 26 March 2020

    The Post Office in the 1918 Influenza Outbreak

    Senior Archivist Gavin delved into our Archive to investigate the impact of the Spanish flu on postal workers and measures to stop its spread.

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    • 24 April 2020

    The Stories of Posties in Pictures

    These postal workers really went above and beyond to deliver the mail and serve their customers.

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Activities

Get inspired by our archives and collection with things to make, do, watch and listen to.

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    • 14 May 2020

    Letter Writing Activities in Lockdown

    Get writing! Here are 6 projects to beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

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  • Meet Me at the Museum

    Listen to comedians Phil Wang and Pierre Novellie take a tour of The Postal Museum.

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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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  • Activity sheets

    Get your students involved in their learning. Activity ideas ranging from building a rocket to writing secret messages.

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