Thursday, 6 August 2015

The British Postal Museum & Archive - Search Room closures, the stamp designs of Abram Games and the final day of the Penny Black 175

Search Room to close on Mondays from October

In order to prepare our collections for the move to their new home at The Postal Museum we will be closing the Search Room every Monday from 12 October 2015.

This will be followed in the second half of 2016 by a full closure in order to transfer the collections to the new building. By closing one day a week now we hope to reduce the amount of time we have to close completely to the public in the run up to the opening of the museum and consequently reduce the impact on users.
Best known as a poster artist, Abram Games is synonymous with groundbreaking design. But Games was also a stamp designer, designing for Britain, Jersey and Israel. In this talk, on 17 September, his daughter Naomi reveals this lesser-known area of his work, his working processes and progressive sketches from his archive. 
Our touring family exhibition Pop it in the Post is now on at Bruce Castle Museum and will be running until 27 September. The exhibition looks at the introduction of the pillar box and the beginning of the communications revolution it was part of. There will be original Victorian pillar boxes, uniforms to try on and family activity days taking place throughout the run. 
Friday 7 August is the last day of our popular Penny Black  175 Post & Go featuring the Maltese Cross. This will be replaced by the standard BPMA inscription on the Machin first and second class and Union Jack first class. On 16 September we will introduce the new Heraldic Beasts issue, with the lion design across all values. Sign up to our Post & Go bulletin for all the latest news.

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