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.

  • Curator’s Exhibition Tour | Wish You Were Here

    Hear from the exhibition’s curator Georgina Tomlinson and our Visitor Experience Hosts about some of the highlights on display in Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard. An audio described version is also available.

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  • An Interview with Artist Peter Liversidge | Wish You Were Here

    Hear from London-based artist Peter Liversidge about the inspiration and process behind 4 new postcard designs for the The Postal Museum.

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  • Stamp Design | Interview with David Gentleman

    The Postal Museum’s Senior Curator of Philately Douglas N. Muir chats to artist David Gentleman about stamp design.

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  • Journey of a Letter

    Have you ever wondered how a letter gets from you to its destination?

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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
    • 14 May 2020

    Letter Writing Activities in Lockdown

    Get writing! Here are 10 projects to beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

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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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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.

  • Exploring Postcards

    To celebrate 'Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard' we are sharing unique stories and activities from our collection around the theme of postcards.

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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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  • 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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    • 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.

    • blog
    • 21 August 2021

    Saucy Seaside Postcards and Censorship

    In their heyday they were in every seaside town, but who produced these cards and did everyone appreciate them?

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    • blog
    • 22 July 2021

    Top 10 tips for a first-class family visit

    Whether you’ve visited us before or are curious and want to find out more, here’s our top tips to help you make the most of your family visit.

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    • blog
    • 04 June 2021

    Highlights from the Wish You Were Here Exhibition

    Curator Georgina shares her top 10 highlights from our new temporary exhibition Wish You Were Here.

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    • blog
    • 10 September 2020

    Evolution of The Post Box

    It may be a familiar feature of our landscape, but the post box has never stayed the same for long.

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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
    • 06 April 2021

    Creating an exhibition in the middle of a pandemic

    Come behind the scenes to see how an exhibition is planned and installed in such unpredictable times.

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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
    • 15 February 2021

    Decimalisation at 50

    This month we celebrate 50 years since Britain ‘went decimal’. We explore the impact of decimalisation on society and how our stamps changed at the time.

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    • blog
    • 02 July 2020

    Health, Pandemics and the Victorian Post Office

    Guest blogger Professor David Green describes the impact of the deadly Russian flu on postal workers.

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