British Postal Museum and Archive (B.P.M.A)

British postal services helped shape the modern world. The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) cares for the visual, written and physical records covering five centuries of this iconic service. Since our foundation in 2004 we have worked to increase access to our world-class archive and museum collections, ensuring this important social and communications story is available for the enjoyment of all.

The leading resource for British postal history, our collections range from staff records and cash books to posters, an extensive social history photography collection, vehicles, telegrams and unparalleled philatelic collections, including the world’s only examples of Penny Black registration sheets.

In order to provide the best possible access to our collections so that everyone can learn from and be inspired by the stories they tell, we are currently working to open The Postal Museum, a new, national museum for social and communication history in central London.

Through stories of innovation, such as the birth of the Penny Post and the creation of the Machin Head, we will use our wealth of inspirational information to greatly increase access, including attracting many visitors for the first time.

The opening of the new museum will ensure that philately continues to attract new followers, with unique stories and treasures on display as never before and state-of-the-art research facilities providing interaction with our philatelic objects and records both onsite and digitally in new ways, through new technologies.

You can visit us at the BPMA stand throughout the show and our Penny Black 175 Anniversary Exhibition will be open to the public at the British Postal Museum and Archive, (Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL) during London 2015 Europhilex.

Visit www.postalmuseum.org to keep up to date with the latest news and progress on The Postal Museum.

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