A film history of the Royal Mail, made in the 1960s.

History of the postal service and the royal mail, -- Film 9127

Postman delivering at Oast Houses, Kent, 1930s.

Postman delivering at Oast Houses, Kent,

Depiction of the original mail coach that travelled from Bristol to Bath to London in 1784.

John Palmer’s First Mail Coach, oil on canvas by Ben Maile, contemporary British artist born in 1922 and living in Ireland.

A mail coach being drawn by horses along a road in heavy #rain, near #Taunton, #Somerset, 19th Century.

A mail coach being drawn by horses along a road in heavy near Century.

The King’s Messenger A.D. 1482, artwork for poster by John Armstrong which was part of a series for schools on the history of communication. This reflects Royal Mail’s origins as a messenger service for the monarch and government.

What the privatisation of Royal Mail means to us

ohn Armstrong (English, The King’s Messenger AD Oil on board, 49 x 62 cm. The British Postal Museum & Archive, London.

Frament of shrapnel found embedded in a Letter Packet received in the Reading mail despatched from Dover, 11 September 1940. The bag had been perforated by shell fire. #WW2

Shells over the White Cliffs

Frament of shrapnel found embedded in a Letter Packet received in the Reading mail despatched from Dover, 11 September The bag had been perforated by shell fire.

Map of Dover 1940-44, showing bombed spots. #WW2

Shells over the White Cliffs

A postman delivers mail to cottages in North Street in Brighstone, Isle of Wight, 1937.

House numbering in the UK

A postman delivers mail to cottages in North Street in Brighstone, Isle of Wight,

Horse-drawn mail van, 1887.

Mr Poppleton’s Horse

One of the most popular items in our collection is this sick note issued for a horse in "Mr T C Poppleton's horse of The Post Office is suffering from sore shoulders and unable to perform his official duties" the note reads.

'Lioness Attacking the Exeter Mail, At Winterston Hut near Salisbury, on the Night of Sunday the 20th of October, 1816' - colour engraved print by A Sauerweid, 1817 (2009-0024)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

'Lioness Attacking the Exeter Mail, At Winterston Hut near Salisbury, on the Night of Sunday the of October, - colour engraved print by A Sauerweid, 1817

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