Exploring Postcards

To celebrate 'Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard' we are sharing unique stories and activities from our collection around the theme of postcards.

Wish You Were Here celebrates the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for 151 years. Hear from the exhibition’s curator Georgina Tomlinson and our Visitor Experience Hosts about some of the highlights on display.

We hope you enjoyed our virtual tour through the Wish You Were Here exhibition. If you enjoyed the video and are able to donate, either as a one-off gift or as a regular contribution, your support will make a significant difference and allow us to continue to provide virtual access to the museum.

From the blog

Explore postcards further with expert articles from our curators.

    • blog
    • 02 July 2021

    Postcards by Peter Liversidge

    We visited artist Peter Liversidge in his studio to learn about the creative process behind his latest work in collaboration with the museum.

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    • blog
    • 14 May 2020

    Letter Writing Activities in Lockdown

    Get writing! Here are 10 projects to beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

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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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    • Christmas
    • 13 December 2016

    A Life and Love on Paper

    A box in our collection set Curator Joanna on the trail of a moving story of romance, artistry and even secret messages...

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  • Holiday from Home: Write and Send a Postcard

    Discover activity ideas for kids. Write and send a postcard to a loved one telling them all about your holiday from home.

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Find postcards, objects and archive records in our collection covering 500 years of postal heritage.

'HURRYING TO CATCH...' Postcard, 1925 (2005-0082/65).
'HURRYING TO CATCH...' Postcard, 1925 (2005-0082/65).
Easter postcard, front, 19th century, OB1996.531
Easter postcard, front, 19th century, OB1996.531
‘Language of Stamps’ Postcard, 1915, 2005-0082/7
‘Language of Stamps’ Postcard, 1915, 2005-0082/7
Postcard, hand drawn and coloured by Harry, 1909 (2014-0038/13)
Postcard, hand drawn and coloured by Harry, 1909 (2014-0038/13)
"The Moon" Olive Postcard (back), 1908 (2014-0038/032)
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