The Archive

Find out more about the history of the postal service and study original archive material in The Discovery Room.

Location: The Postal Museum, First Floor

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 17.00
  • 2nd and 4th Saturday every month 10.00 – 17.00. So for the remainder of this calendar year Saturday opening dates are:
    • 10 and 24 August
    • 14 and 28 September
    • 12 and 26 October
    • 9 and 23 November
    • 14 and 28 December
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.

You do not need to buy a museum ticket, or make an appointment unless you want to view original material. Whether you have never visited before or are a regular user, our staff are here to help you.

Touch Table in the Discovery Room
Explore past issues of staff magazines
Study original material
Browse the reference library
Archive Reading Room

What to expect

Visitors to The Discovery Room can:

  • Browse our reference library
  • View microfilm copies of archival material
  • Look at staff magazines, Post Office Circulars, photograph and poster albums
  • Search our catalogue and other digital resources
  • Explore your family history using our records and Ancestry online
  • Get closer to visual material from our collections using the touch table
  • Study original material from The Royal Mail Archive in the Archive Reading Room (two forms of ID required).
  • Study original material

    If you just want to come and browse the reference area, then you don’t need to do anything in advance! If you know you want to consult original archive material, then some preparation will make your visit go more smoothly.

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  • Archive facilities

    Information for visitors on general facilities, lockers, computer and internet access, copying and photography in the Discovery Room.

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  • Family history

    The Postal Museum is the definitive place to find out about past postal employees.

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  • Distance research

    We understand that not everyone can physically visit The Postal Museum, but we want to make the archive as accessible as possible. Our staff will do their best to answer general queries, and point you in the right direction.

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What's on in The Discovery Room

    • Archive
    • Tuesday to Friday
    • 10:00

    Discovery Room Mini-Exhibitions

    Drop in to the Discovery Room during your visit to view special temporary displays of objects from The Postal Museum archive.

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