The Postal Heritage Trust is a charity responsible for the archive and museum collections of Royal Mail, which contain records dating from 1636 and include reports, maps, posters and photos, plus stamps and objects documenting the development of the Post Office.
The museum has five zones exploring 500 hundred years of the postal world’s most significant events, with interactive exhibits, sculptures and sheets of rare stamps. Ogle at a gold Olympic post box, decipher Morse code at a 1930s writing bureau, taken on the role of a Mail Coach guard in an interactive game and watch films by the General Post Office’s own film unit including ‘Night Mail’ with words by W H Auden and music from Benjamin Britten.
Tickets will also give access to the newly opened and revamped Mail Rail, a clandestine set of tunnels originally opened on 1927 and used to shuttle post around London for almost 80 years before its closure in 2013.
|Venue name:||British Postal Museum and Archive||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||10am to 5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Farringdon/Chancery Lane|
|Price:||Postal Museum only: £11, £9 concessions, free children. Museum and Mail Rail: £16, £13 concessions, £8 children|
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Take a ride on the Post Office's abandoned underground railway: the subterranean 6.5 mile ‘Mail Rail’ route once used to shuttle post between Whitechapel and Paddington, until it shut in 2003 after transporting mail for 80 years. The line was considered...Walks and tours Monday September 4 2017 - Tuesday September 4 2018