Fireworks were honoured to provide a high pressure watermist system to protect the Archives at the Postal Museum from the risk of fire.

The archives serve the Discovery Room where the general public can visit free of charge 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.

The Postal Museum looks after over 400 years of postal heritage, including the archive of Royal Mail Group PLC, and Post Office Ltd.

Records in the Archive are Designated as being of outstanding national importance by the Arts Council, and are on the UNESCO memory of the World UK Register.

The historic records held in the Archive deal with essential bits of everyday life through and beyond the delivery of mail; full of stories of how we communicated and the innovation, development and hard work needed to ensure it could happen.

All aspects of this unique history, from employment records to stamp artwork, are held within the Archive, one of the oldest business archives in the world.

The collections are varied, covering subjects from social history to transport, pensions to publicity material. They include posters and artwork by the giants of graphic design, films produced by the iconic General Post Office (GPO) film unit, telegrams sent by the Royal family, and of course our stamp collections including every British stamp issued from 1840 to the present day.

The GPO was once one of the biggest employers in the UK and the Archive contains records that are invaluable for family history research.

           What to expect

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

            Included within the Discovery Room for reference include:

             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.


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