|The Postal Museum|
|| EXIT | Postal Museum | Calthorpe House | Friends of TPM ||
When the former National Postal Museum (NPM) closed to the public in 1998 it combined with the Post Office Archives to form the Heritage unit of Royal Mail. In 2004 this unified archive and museum service became an independent charitable trust. The trust officially received a donation of the former NPM object collections, and took responsibility for managing The Royal Mail Archive (Public Records) on behalf of Royal Mail Group plc. Thus the British Postal Museum & Archive was the public identity of this trust, preserving a long and fascinating history of postal services.
By 2016 all of the Government's shareholdings in Royal Mail had been sold off, and it was appropriate that a new generic name for the Postal Heritage Trust was devised. From 1st February 2016, The Postal Museum became the new public identity of the trust. The Archive in the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre closed on 11th November 2016 in preparation for transfer to Calthorpe House.
The Postal Museum will encompass:
British postal services helped to shape the modern world. The Postal Museum works to make this human story of communication, industry, and innovation accessible to everyone.
Work of The Archive
What about telecommunications archives?
The Post Office passed control of telecommunications to British Telecom (BT) in 1981. Most of the historical object and archive collections of The Post Office relating to telecommunications were transferred to BT in the 1990s.
For more information please visit www.bt.com/archives/
Please note: Some archives which refer to Post Office Telecommunications remain at The Royal Mail Archive, particularly high level Post Office minutes. If in doubt, please contact the Postal Museum before your visit.
"Royal Mail Group will grant a lease of 999 years for Calthorpe House, a property which will provide a secure foundation for the BPMA once redeveloped and extended. Agreements have been signed with Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd (POL) for a £6M long term, low interest loan to fund the conversion of Calthorpe House to meet the basic needs of the organisation. In addition, Royal Mail and POL are providing other support, including a £500,000 grant."
Friends of The Postal Museum (FTPM)
[Previously Friends of BPMA]
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA)
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