Read, watch & do

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.

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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.

  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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Activities

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

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 30 September 2020

    How to write a Postcard

    With examples from the collection follow our step by step guide to writing your own postcard.

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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?

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  • 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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Short Reads

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

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    • 26 March 2021

    140 Years of Postal Orders

    Archivist Helen explores the Post Office's unique financial service of sending money through the post.

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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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    • 04 March 2021

    Postmistresses in the Victorian Post Office

    Guest blogger Professor David Green explores the lives of Victorian postmistresses and gifts they received on their retirement.

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    • 10 July 2020

    Victorians’ Secret Ways of Keeping in Touch

    Curator Joanna explores how Victorians communicated their secret messages.

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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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    • 25 February 2021

    House Numbering

    A house number is essential to deliver mail but it wasn't easy for the posties of the past. Explore the history of house numbering.

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    • 15 February 2021

    Decimalisation at 50

    This month we celebrate 50 years since Britain ‘went decimal’. We explore the impact of decimalisation on society and how our stamps changed at the time.

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    • 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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    • Archive
    • 23 February 2018

    Human Letters

    In 1909, two suffragettes posted themselves to 10 Downing Street to deliver a message personally to Prime Minister.

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