Post Office at War

Visit this June for a month of activities marking the essential role the Post Office played in the First and Second World Wars.

Family Activities

    • Event
    • 15 & 16 Jun 2019
    • 11:00

    Clay Medal Making Workshop

    Join us and Royal College of Arts artist Susie Foster to make your own clay medal to give to someone special or brave.

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    • Event
    • 29 & 30 Jun 2019
    • 11:30

    Storytelling: The Forgotten Messages

    Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong in these interactive storytelling sessions, inspired by our temporary exhibition Voices from the Deep.

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Talks

    • Talks
    • Selected dates in June
    • 13:30

    Spotlight Talk: Communication at the front line

    Join our expert hosts to discover how essential post was in keeping everyone in touch, from loved ones at home to soldiers on the front line, in this 10 minute spotlight talk.

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    • Talks
    • 19 June 2019
    • 11:30

    Talk: War Memorials in the Post Office

    Find out how the postal service commemorated the lives of its staff lost in the two world wars with over 350 memorials around the country and how these are cared for today.

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    • Talks
    • 28 June 2019
    • 12:00

    Collections Close Up: Centenary of Versailles & Blanche Horton’s diary

    Do you keep a diary? Join our experts and discover why Blanche Horton’s diary has been treasured for a century.

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    • Talks
    • 28 June 2019
    • 15:00

    Talk: The Survival of Memory

    To mark the end of Voices from the Deep, join us for an in-depth talk on the conservation of the letters, and a behind-the-scenes visit to the Conservation Studio.

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Exhibitions

  • Mini-Exhibition: Treaty of Versailles and Blanche Horton’s diary

    Visit our museum exhibition to see a copy of the Treaty of Versailles on display with a diary of Blanche Horton, who travelled to Paris as part of the Peace Congress delegation.

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  • Voices from the Deep

    Sunken, forgotten, and then saved from the depths of the ocean: our temporary exhibition reveals letters and artefacts recovered from a Second World War shipwreck.

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Explore online

  • The Post Office and the First World War

    The First World War brought many changes to the Post Office, and it was never the same again.

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  • The Post Office Rifles

    Around 12,000 men fought for the Post Office Rifles throughout the regiment's history.

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