The Postal Museum celebrates a hugely successful first year

Today we’re celebrating a hugely successful first year. To mark the occasion we created an infographic highlighting some of the numbers we’re proud of. 198,000 visitors poured through the doors and there were 9,000 journeys completed by the two Mail Rail trains through the 100-year-old miniature tunnels. That’s the same total distance as a one-way trip to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro or Madagascar.

In addition, thirsty visitors drank 6,000 litres of hot beverages (enough to fill 70 pillar boxes) and ate 2,500 kilogrammes worth of cake from the museum’s café. That’s the same weight as 24 of the classic British BSA Bantam motorbike, used by postmen up and down the country to deliver mail for half a century between the 1920s and 1970s which you can see at the Museum.

Laura Wright CEO

Laura Wright, CEO at The Postal Museum, said: “It’s truly been a momentous first year for us. Since we opened in full, we have worked tirelessly to find new and engaging ways to deliver the incredible history of human connection through the eyes of the British post.

“As part of this, we were finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year and National Lottery awards among many others as well as being awarded a Transport Trust Red Wheel plaque in recognition of the unique heritage value of Mail Rail. These are all fantastic accolades which go to show just how far we’ve come in one year, and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.

“Our first birthday is also a great opportunity to thank the visitors, supporters and staff who have made all of this possible – as well as our dedicated team of volunteers who donated a staggering 4,500 hours of their time to make The Postal Museum the huge success it is today. Thank you!”