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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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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  • 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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  • Mail Rail from Home Audio Described Tour

    For a limited time whilst The Postal Museum is closed, take a virtual tour of Mail Rail, from the comfort of your own home.

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Short reads

Our shorter reads are great for discovering incredible stories when you’re light on time.

    • blog
    • 08 July 2020

    Freddie Mercury's Stamp Album

    Senior Archivist Gavin explores Freddie Mercury's childhood passion - stamp collecting.

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    • blog
    • 04 February 2022

    Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

    We look back at past Jubilee commemorative stamps as her Majesty celebrates her Platinum in 2022.

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    • blog
    • 26 April 2022

    12 Interesting Facts about Postcodes

    In this blog, we reveal some interesting facts you probably didn't know about postcodes.

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    • blog
    • 29 March 2022

    Highlights from Sorting Britain Exhibition

    Head of Collections Chris shares his top 5 objects and stories from our new exhibition Sorting Britain: The Power of Postcodes.

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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
    • 24 June 2022

    1971 Strike: No post, No benefits, No calls

    As news circulates of more than 115,000 postal workers being balloted to vote on industrial action, Archivist Helen looks back at the 1971 postal strike.

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    • blog
    • 16 June 2022

    Meet the Maker: Dean Morris

    Exploring LGBTQ+ greetings card design with Dean Morris and the Gay Pride Shop in Manchester.

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    • blog
    • 10 June 2022

    A Day in the Life of a Coding Desk Operator

    Step into the shoes of Coding Desk Operator Matthew and find out what it was like to work with sorting machines in the 1980s.

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    • blog
    • 19 June 2020

    Sam King, a postal worker of the Windrush generation

    To mark Windrush Day on 22 June, Archivist Meg details Sam King’s career at the General Post Office, the racism he faced and some of his many achievements, through Archive records.

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