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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.

 

Activities

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

  • COVID-19 and the Post

    Take part in our project to document the COVID-19 crisis, by submitting items you’ve received via post during the pandemic.

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    • blog
    • 14 May 2020

    Letter Writing Activities in Lockdown

    Get writing! Here are 7 projects to beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

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    • blog
    • 10 July 2020

    Victorians’ Secret Ways of Keeping in Touch

    Curator Joanna explores how Victorians communicated their secret messages.

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    • Collection
    • 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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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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    • blog
    • 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.

    • blog
    • 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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    • blog
    • 03 September 2020

    A Day in the Life of an IT Manager

    Read about how a childhood passion of IT Manager Ian became a life-long career and what his typical day looks like today.

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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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    • blog
    • 08 July 2020

    Freddie Mercury's Stamp Album

    Senior Archivist Gavin explores Freddie Mercury's childhood passion - stamp collecting.

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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.

    • 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
    • 19 June 2020

    Sam King, a postal worker of the Windrush generation

    To mark Windrush Day on 22 June, Archivist Meg details Sam King’s career at the General Post Office, the racism he faced and some of his many achievements, through Archive records.

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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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