They’ve got it licked
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