New walls and old friends
It’s been just over two years since we started to transform an unloved 1920s building into a new home for The Postal Museum. Over the road from the Mail Rail depot, the new museum has been (and still is) undergoing all sorts of changes to make it fit for purpose.
Last month we made some great progress.
It’s all go at The Postal Museum this year as we get some more important deliveries. New walls, windows, lifts and flooring are now in place and we’ve even started moving things in. Some old arrivals this month have really made the new museum galleries come alive.
Big objects get delivered
This month our exhibition space welcomed some old friends, including our Mail Coach, Post Bus and a 1930s Morris Post Van.
One of the trickiest objects to get in place was the Telephone box weighing over a ton (1.25 to be precise). It took over two hours to get it in place!
Now that the large objects are in place, the rest of the exhibition will be built around them. Getting them in at a later stage would have been impossible. The rest of our smaller exhibition objects will be moved in later this spring. The installation of the exhibition has also started with the display cases and panels in place.
Soon the building will also be fitted out with specialist kit such as a large multi-function scanner for the digitisation studio.
The Archive repository has also been built. This is where we will keep posters, uniforms and paintings from over 400 years. It has been specially designed to control the environment. Find out more here.
Visitors will enter The Postal Museum through the Welcome Space. Soon it’s going to be fitted with new glazing, café kitchen equipment and brand new shop units. When it’s open it will be a great place to eat, relax and shop for unique gifts.
In the summer visitors also be able to enjoy our courtyard. It’s being transformed with a living wall of plants later this spring – just in time for the upcoming summer parties, cocktail receptions and BBQs. We are excited to be able to hire the space out for private events.
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The Postal Museum will open its door this year. You’ll be able to walk through five centuries of inspiring, surprising and extraordinary history that shaped Britain – and the world – through the lens of its ground-breaking postal service.
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