Treasures of the Archive

An exhibition of treasures from the collections of the BPMA, representing the great wealth of material in The Royal Mail Archive and the Museum Collection.

An exhibition of treasures from the collections of the BPMA, representing the great wealth of material in The Royal Mail Archive and the Museum Collection.


Special highlights of the exhibition include one of the only complete sheets of Penny Blacks in the world, and the Old Original die of 1840 from which all Penny Blacks and many Penny Reds were created.


Also included are unique items celebrating the centenary of the world's first regular Aerial Post from Hendon to Windsor, established as part of the celebrations for the coronation of King George V. This includes the striking 1911 poster promoting the flight, original artwork for commemorative postcards and envelopes, and the postcard addressed from the pilot Gustav Hamel to the Postmaster General. Original handstamps from both Hendon and Windsor will also be on display.

Admission is free. 

British Postal Museum and Archive

Freeling House, Phoenix Place
London Greater London United Kingdom WC1X 0DL

Opening hours:

Ongoing exhibition.
Monday-Friday: 10:00-17:00
Open till 19:00 on Thursday.