The Archive

The Discovery Room is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 - 17.00

The Discovery Room is the place to come to delve deeper into the history of the postal service, and where you can study original archive material. The room is divided into two areas – a reference section and a smaller Archive Reading Room for original archive documents. It is on the first floor of The Postal Museum.

What to expect

The reference section is free for anyone to use, no appointments are needed, there are no forms to fill in. We have:

  • A reference library that relates to the postal service.
  • Some duplicate archive material such as The Post Office Magazines, Post Office Circulars.
  • Albums of photographs and posters for browsing.
  • A touch table to explore some of the more visual material.
  • Access to our online catalogue, Ancestry, and microfilm readers to view parts of the archive that have been copied.
  • Desks and a soft seating area, and lockers for people accessing the archive reading room.
  • Before your visit

    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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  • During your visit

    You do not need to pay for a museum ticket to use the Discovery Room, it is open to the public five days a week. Whether you have never visited an archive before or are a regular user, our staff are here to help you.

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  • Family history

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

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  • If you can’t visit

    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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  • Getting here

    Our address is 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA. You can get to us easily by tube, rail or foot!

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