The Postal Museum in London will bring to life five centuries of history that has, until now, been hidden from view from a service that changed the world forever. The Postal Museum will showcase its 380 years’ worth of records and 60,000 objects and literally millions of stamps and postal history items that help in the exploration of our history.
Through five interactive zones the museum will lead visitors through five centuries of world-class curiosities and providing a different view on a number of the world’s most significant historical events.
Providing interactive galleries, an immersive subterranean rail ride and learning activities, it aims to engage with 10,000 school children a year. Mail Rail will also have a dedicated and interactive children’s play zone: Sorted!
Once visitors have taken in the museum, situated in Clerkenwell on Phoenix Place, their ticket will then grant them access to a subterranean world that – until now – remained hidden from the general public.
Crossing the street, visitors will be able to descend into the old engineering depot of the one hundred year old Post Office railway – Mail Rail – boarding a miniature train designed to transport them through its stalactite-filled tunnels. The interactive train ride will stop at the platforms of the original Mount Pleasant station, where an impressive audio visual display will take riders back in time, giving an insight into how the network kept post coursing through London for up to 22 hours a day.
The Postal Museum has been made possible through the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals, including Royal Mail, Post Office and the Heritage Lottery Fund.