The Postal Museum to attend Autumn Stampex 2021

The philatelic event of the year, Stampex 2021, is back in London with The Postal Museum as one of the exhibitors.

After the global success of two Virtual Stampex events, Stampex 2021 is back in real life from 29 September – 2 October 2021 at the Business Design Centre in London with an exciting new look and feel.

The Postal Museum team will be present with a display of postcards from King George V’s reign and a range of products on sale at stand 64.

In addition, the Museum’s Philatelic Team will be giving two exclusive talks focusing on the history of the British postcard.

First World War Postcards
Wednesday 29 September at 12:30

During the presentation, Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum will explore the changing ways postcards were used during the First World War. From postcards sent by soldiers to their loved ones before heading to war to more utilitarian Field Service Postcards used to convey simple, quick messages and those used as part of the press and propaganda machine. The presentation will be illustrated with examples of cards from the collection and draw on original archival research from the Royal Mail Archive.

Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard
Friday 1 October at 11:00

The Postal Museum’s current exhibition Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard celebrates how the postcard has connected people over the last century and a half. In this talk, Curator of Philately Georgina Tomlinson will discuss key themes relevant to the postcard’s history including its adaptation to a changing audience. Through items in the exhibition, attendees will explore the importance of this tangible form of communication and the beauty of its design.

Both talks will take place in the Spink Auditorium and are open to all Stampex visitors, no bookings required.

On Wednesday 29 September at 13.30, Chris and Georgina will be on hand to answer any questions at the Collectors Lounge.

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