The Archive

Our Archive is currently closed; it will reopen in July 2017.

The Discovery Room will open on Friday 28 July alongside the new Postal Museum.

Delays have meant that the move of the archive took place later than we had hoped and access to original archival material will take longer while we complete the move and update our collections management system. To access original material between our opening and the beginning of September you need to pre-book the material that you would like to consult.

We have listened to our existing users’ requests to improve our facility for pre-booking material and you will be able to book up to 6 items in advance of any visit. In the meantime you can book your table and first six items, and then contact us on or call us on 020 8183 0067 to let us know what other archive material you would like to see or to discuss what material would be helpful for your research. We will shortly be updating these pages to include a step by step guide on how to pre-book material online, in the meantime you can go to our online catalogue and create an online account which will allow you to book a table and archive material.

Helping others discover our amazing archive is such a huge part of our job satisfaction, and we can’t wait to provide access again in our new Discovery Room with greatly improved facilities. We look forward to seeing all our users, old and new, once we are open.

  • About us

    The Postal Museum is the realisation of a long term vision: to make the human story of communication, industry and innovation embodied in the British postal service available and enjoyable for all.

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  • Collections

    Motorbikes, mail boxes, machinery - and stamps! The Postal Museum collections reveal the colourful history of communication through the post.

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