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British Postal Museum and Archive

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Freeling House
Phoenix Place

The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is the leading resource for all aspects of British postal history. From staff records to stamps, and from transport to telegrams it cares for the visual, written and physical records from over 400 years of innovation and service.

The BPMA is a combined Museum and Archive bringing together the Royal Mail Archive and a Museum Store, which together illuminate the fascinating story of communication in Britain and throughout the world.

The Royal Mail Archive Search Room is free and open to the public to use and enjoy It attracts and inspires academics, design students, philatelists and family historians from all over the country. There is a small but perfectly-formed exhibition area for displays of philatelic material. The Archive is located in Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL.

The Museum Store is open to the public on various dates throughout the year, and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages, including Royal Mail employees and the local community. world.

There are hundreds of letter boxes, dozens of vehicles, sorting machinery and more. The Store is located in Loughton, Essex, IG10 3UD. Open dates can be found on the BPMA website www.postalheritage.org.uk

General Information:

  • Water cooler in reception - eat your own food here
  • Level surface for wheelchairs
  • Accessible toilets
  • Hearing loop and reception intercom
  • Magnifying glasses with lights available
  • All information available in large print on request
  • Disabled parking possible - please ring
  • Philatelic Exhibitions
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    By Tube and Train:
    Farringdon 10 mins walk; Kings Cross 15 mins walk: Chancery Lane 10 mins walk; Angel 15 mins walk; Russell Square 15mins walk.

    By Car:
    Within the Congestion Charge Zone. NCP car parks available within the Zone.

    For the Museum Store
    Directions available when booking.

    British Postal Museum and Archive Postcode for SatNav: WC1X 0DL


    +44 (0)2072 392 570
    +44 (0)2072 392 572 (minicom)
    +44 (0)2072 392 576

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