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Postal Museum Publications

The Postal Museum looks after over 400 years of postal heritage. It combines the archives of Royal Mail Group PLC and Post Office Ltd, originally known as the Post Office Archives (POA) with the National Postal Museum (NPM), opened in 1969 at King Edward Building in London as a result of the collection of Victorian philately donated to the nation by Reginald M. Phillips. A collection of postal equipment, uniforms, vehicles and more was added over the years.

In 1998, the building was sold, and the NPM closed. The collections were retained and the NPM and POA combined in 2004 as an independent charitable trust as the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA). This was renamed The Postal Museum in 2016, and a new museum building opened in 2017 in Clerkenwell, London, near the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre.

This section consists of selected documents originally produced by the museum and archives under their various names, reproduced with permission. Some have been scanned from the original paper versions, others were downloadable as PDFs.

(For details of opening times etc please consult the current website, not these files!)

Post Office Archives Information Sheets 1984-88

Sheets on various topics originally issued by the Post Office Archives in the 1980s (scanned).

Pillar Boxes
[9pp, 4.6MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 1

Post Office Cats
[5pp, 3.3MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 4

Early Post Offices
[10pp, 5.3MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 5

Postal Uniforms
[9pp, 4.9MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 6

Mail Coach Service
[16pp, 7.8MB, 1989]
Info Sheet 8

Postal Headquarters
[7pp, 4.6MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 9

St Valentines Day
[4pp, 3.4MB, 1986]
Info Sheet 15

Post Office 1635-1969
[5pp, 2.9MB, 1984]
Info Sheet 16

Railways and the Post
[10pp, 8.6MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 26

Court Post Office
[8pp, 4.6MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 27

Postal Districts
[2pp, 1.0MB, 1988]
Info Sheet 31

British Postal Museum and Archive Information Sheets 2005-09

Sheets on various topics originally issued by the British Postal Museum and Archive in the 2000s (as PDFs).

Airmail
[2pp, 24KB, 2005]

Animals in the Post Office
[2pp, 25KB, 2005]

Assistant Postmasters General
[2pp, 95KB, 2009]

Bicycles and Motorcycles
[2pp, 25KB, 2005]

Caring for stamps and postal history
[3pp, 149KB, 2005]

History of Disability in the Post Office
[4pp, 108KB, 2005]

The Postal History of India
[3pp, 207KB, 2007]

Local History
[2pp, 26KB, 2005]

The Mail Coach Service
[2pp, 24KB, 2005]

Mail Rail (Post Office Underground Railway)
[2pp, 27KB, 2005]

A History of Mount Pleasant
[2pp, 36KB, 2005]

Distributing Pensions
[4pp, 127KB, 2009]

Pillar Boxes
[3pp, 208KB, 2009]

Post Office Job Descriptions 1832
[11pp, 136KB, 2008]

Postcodes
[2pp, 29KB, 2005]

Postmasters General
[2pp, 132KB, 2005]

The Post Office Rifles
[3pp, 30KB, 2009]

Post Office Uniforms: Key dates
[2pp, 25KB, 2005]

The Post Office during WWII
[3pp, 30KB, 2005]

Royal Mail Transport: Key dates
[4pp, 36KB, 2005]

Secretaries to the Post Office
[3pp, 101KB, 2005]

Sergeant Alfred Knight VC
[2pp, 191KB, 2005]

The Travelling Post Office
[2pp, 27KB, 2005]

NPM and BPMA Exhibition Documents 1967-2015

Documents published by the NPM or BPMA from time to time in connection with exhibitions, often related to an anniversary, giving a longer look at a particular topic.

National Postal Museum Annual Reports 1988-96

These were printed annually from 1988 to 1998, under the title The Philatelic Year from 1988 to 1991, then Review from 1992 to 1998. A cumulative index for 1988-96 compiled by Jean Alexander appeared in the 1997-98 Review.

Philatelic Year 1988
[32pp, 16.6MB, 1989]

Philatelic Year 1989
[32pp, 5.2MB, 1990]

Philatelic Year 1990
[32pp, 5.4MB, 1991]

Philatelic Year 1991
[32pp, 5.7MB, 1992]

Index 1988-91
[4pp, 7.1MB, 1994]

NPM Review 1992
[32pp, 5.2MB, 1993]

NPM Review 1993
[36pp, 20.3MB, 1994]

NPM Review 1994
[44pp, 18.7MB, 1995]

NPM Review 1995
[48pp, 20.6MB, 1996]

NPM Review 1996
[44pp, 23.4MB, 1997]

NPM Review 1997-98
[44pp, 21.6MB, 1998]

Index 1988-96
[6pp, 2.4MB, 1997]

British Postal Museum and Archive Newsletters 2013-14

These were printed several times a year with updates from the museum and various articles.

Winter 2013 (January)
[24pp, 21.5MB, 2013]

Christmas 2013
[8pp, 1.1MB, 2013]

February 2014
[16pp, 43MB, 2014]

June 2014
[16pp, 37MB, 2014]

November 2014
[28pp, 60MB, 2014]

Miscellaneous Postal Museum and Archives Documents 1969-2016

Assorted documents that do not fall into any of the above categories.