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New home for the postal museum

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on April 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

For a long time I’ve had a soft spot for the British Postal Museum and Archive, not because of any philatelic interest – I gave up stamp collecting many years ago – but rather because they’ve had a rough ride in the last few years. After having their collection dispersed around the country in a wide range of collection stores they were promised, a few years back, a new home in Swindon, right next door to the National Trust HQ, Heelis.

But that plan got scuppered and they were left to return to their various archives and libraries with leaky rooves and ageing facilities.

Well, it turns out that they now have another plan for a new home – and this one looks like it will work.

Better still, it’s not in Swindon but in the centre of London – not that there’s anything wrong with Swindon, of course. An old Post Office building near the Mount Pleasant sorting office is to be reconditioned, allowing them to bring their collections together into one place and stage exhibitions and displays.

I reckon the museum-going public are going to love it. There’s more than just stamps in the collection; it’s the entire history of the postal services in the UK over the last 400 years – pillar boxes, vehicles, design work, uniforms, toys etc.

There’s an article about the plans for the new museum, which is set to open in 2016, on Museum [Insider] now.

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