They’ve got it licked

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THOSE nos­tal­gic for the heady days of what was, in ef­fect, our first so­cial net­work can wal­low in five cen­turies of his­tory at Lon­don’s new Postal Mu­seum, housed in a con­verted print­ing fac­tory in Clerken­well, WC1.

Run by the Postal Her­itage Trust, the mu­seum draws upon a large archival col­lec­tion, rang­ing from sheets of Penny Black stamps to vin­tage post­boxes and de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a 1914 post­man’s mo­tor­bike and a Bris­tol to Lon­don mail coach from the 1800s.

A cin­ema runs many of the GPO Film Unit’s ground­break­ing doc­u­men­taries of the 1930s, in­clud­ing the cel­e­brated Night Mail, with its script by W. H. Au­den and mu­sic by Ben­jamin Brit­ten. Vis­i­tors will also be able to de­scend into the dis­used sub­ter­ranean mail rail tun­nels (above) that linked to the cap­i­tal’s cen­tral sort­ing of­fice (www.postal­mu­seum.org). Jack Watkins

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