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.

  • Sorting Britain Videos

    Explore the surprising history of postcodes through our series of short films, from early trials in the 60s through to their modern day use as a data sorting powerhouse.

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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.

    Watch on YouTube

  • 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.

    Watch on YouTube

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.

  • Women Artists of the General Post Office

    Explore our colourful collections through the work of 12 women artists. A new online gallery of posters celebrating Women's History Month.

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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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  • 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.

    • blog
    • 12 March 2020

    Dorothy Wilding

    To mark Women's History Month Deputy Curator Georgina looks at the work and influence of Dorothy Wilding on stamp design.

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    • Archive
    • 07 March 2017

    Wearing the Trousers

    8 March marks International Women’s Day and to celebrate our Curator Joanna looks at the story of Jean Cameron's clothing victory for women.

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    • Archive
    • 28 March 2018

    Suffragette Florence Feek

    Archivist Louise explores a story of a suffragette Florence Feek, who fought tirelessly for women's rights.

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    • blog
    • 11 December 2018

    Blanche Horton’s Diary

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first entry in Blanche Horton's diary. Her account is an insightful firsthand vision of France just after WW1.

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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
    • 05 March 2019

    Working Women During WWI

    Curator Joanna explores the changes for women employed by the Post Office during The First World War.

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    • blog
    • 13 June 2019

    The Post Office during WWII part 2

    Explore how Local Defence Volunteers prepared for possible invasion and how ordinary postal workers undertook their jobs in extraordinary circumstances.

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    • 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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    • Archive
    • 23 February 2018

    Human Letters

    In 1909, two suffragettes posted themselves to 10 Downing Street to deliver a message personally to Prime Minister.

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