Royal Mail

The Postal Museum Commemorative Sheet

Catalogue code
AV046
Issue Date
42991
In 2017 London will get its first new, national museum in over a decade The Postal Museum. Royal Mail have worked together with the Museum to produce a stamp sheet to commemorate this event.
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Released on 13 September
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In 2017 London will get its first new, national museum in over a decade The Postal Museum. The Museum will have seven interactive exhibition spaces covering five centuries of social and communications history, and an underground ride on Mail Rail. Royal Mail have worked together with the Museum to produce a stamp sheet to commemorate this event.The Stamps featured are 10 x 1st Class Pictorial Definitives: 4 x Penny Black, 3 x Twopenny Blue and 3 x Penny Red.

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A more affordable postal service meant a rise in social mail, including this first commercially available Christmas card, designed in 1843.
In 1927, an underground driverless railway opened in London to connect sorting offices with railway stations. A section of it is open to the public as part of The Postal Museum.
During the Second World War, the need for lines of communication to remain open was vital. The new exhibition tells the story of some of the individuals who helped to make this happen.
Expansion of the postal service in the mid-19th century changed how people used the post. Letter boxes in a variety of shapes and colours began appearing on British streets.
The new Postal Museum presents a mix of stories, includes hands-on exhibits and displays original objects.

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The new Postal Museum presents a mix of stories, includes hands-on exhibits and displays original objects.
The Postal Museum holds thousands of examples of posters and original artwork for both posters and stamps. Many were designed by the leading artists of their day.
Rowland Hill was an educational reformer, and to help improve literacy he campaigned for reform of the postal service. His efforts led to the introduction of the Penny Black in 1840.

With the coming of the railways, the postal service started using trains to move and sort the mail. This railway van was designed to collect mail without stopping.

From 1933, the General Post Office had its own film unit, which made many ground breaking films, including the highly original A Colour Box (1935), directed by Len Lye.