Tour of the Exhibition Gallery and Ride on the Mail Train
From the announcement in the Autumn Newsletter :
The Postal Museum is now open, bringing five centuries of communications history to life. It reveals the surprising and fascinating story of the first social network and makes extraordinary collections available and enjoyable for all.
From interactive galleries to an immersive subterranean rail ride, modern research facilities to a wide-range of learning activities, the Postal Museum offers something for everyone, from all backgrounds and of all ages. Ultimately, behind The Postal Museum lies the Postal Heritage Trust, an independent charity created to protect and share this rich history.
The museum itself has its origins in the early 20th century. Building on very humble beginnings in the basements of the GPO headquarters, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the National Postal Museum in the City of London in 1969. Built partly to house an award-winning collection of British Victorian stamps – donated by Reginald Phillips in 1965 – the museum provided public access to its collections like never before.
The Postal Museum has recently opened to the public a one-kilometre stretch of London’s Mail Rail, the world’s first driverless electric mail rail, a vital artery in Britain’s communication network.
Ride through these hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage. You will descend into the former engineering depot of the one hundred year old Post Office railway and board a miniature train and descend into stalactite filled tunnels to see among others the sorting office and the original and largely unchanged platforms.
After riding the Mail Rail you will discover even more about the history of the postal railway in the galleries and explore inspiring exhibitions packed with exciting stories behind the Mail Rail – from conception to resurrection. In the museum section, attractions include commemorative stamps and telegrams from the night the Titanic sank.