Read, watch & do

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.

Watch

Our series of videos are great for enquiring minds looking to learn about Britain’s postal heritage.

  • Journey of a Letter

    Have you ever wondered about the journey of a letter? How does it get from you to its final destination?

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  • STAMP DESIGN | Interview with David Gentleman

    Senior Curator of Philately Douglas N. Muir chats to artist David Gentleman about stamp design.

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  • An Interview with Artist Emily May | Wish You Were Here

    Watch our interview with artist Emily May, and hear about the process behind a series of postcard paintings inspired by our temporary exhibition.

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  • Curator’s Talk | The Secret Language of Stamps

    Hear from curator Joanna as she explores the history of the language of stamps, uncovering the romantic origins behind secret forms of communication.

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Activities

Get inspired by our archives and collection with things to make and do from home.

    • 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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    • blog
    • 22 October 2020

    Beginners Guide to Stamp Collecting

    Old or young there is never a bad time to start stamp collecting.

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    • blog
    • 30 September 2020

    How to write a Postcard

    With examples from the collection follow our step by step guide to writing your own postcard.

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  • 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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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 you can take a virtual tour of Mail Rail, from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Voices from the Deep

    Forgotten letters recovered from the SS Gairsoppa, shipwrecked at the bottom of the Atantic ocean.

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  • Exploring Postcards

    Discover unique stories and activities from our collection around the theme of postcards.

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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.

    • Collection
    • 03 January 2018

    New Year's Resolutions

    Making New Year's resolutions this year? Deputy Curator Georgina explores some of the most popular ones on stamps. 

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    • blog
    • 10 December 2021

    Meet the Maker: Tineka Michelle Smith

    Read our new interview from a series of blogs exploring representation in greetings card design.

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    • blog
    • 23 November 2021

    Frank Musgrave Postcards

    Discover remarkable examples of postcards exchanged between Frank Musgrave and his wife during the First World War.

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    • blog
    • 09 November 2021

    Postcards from the First World War

    Assistant Curator Jane showcases a selection of First World War postcards that have recently joined our collection.

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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
    • 29 June 2021

    Isolation and the post: a letter by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    On the 160th anniversary of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s death, discover her moving letter on the impact of isolation and the importance of human connection.

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    • blog
    • 25 February 2021

    House Numbering

    A house number is essential to deliver mail but it wasn't easy for the posties of the past. Explore the history of house numbering.

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    • blog
    • 01 November 2021

    Postcards from the Raj

    Author Omar Khan explores how the postcard was one of the first accessible formats that allowed people to send and receive text and images globally.

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    • blog
    • 10 September 2021

    Gustavus Cornwall

    Archivist Helen investigates an early case of criminalisation of homosexuality of Post Office's employee Gustavus Cornwall.

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