Last Thursday we welcomed a group from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the BPMA. The group was led by Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Edward Davey, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs.
Baroness Wilcox and Edward Davey with our Queen Victoria Channel Islands Pillar Box
The group toured the Royal Mail Archive and were shown some key items from our collection.
The group view items in our archive repository
The visit coincided with discussion of the Postal Services Bill, which resumes with debate in the House of Lords this week.
by Adrian Steel, Director
Today we were pleased to welcome members of the All-Party Parliamentry Arts and Heritage Group, led by Lord Crathorne (Chair). The attendees were: Lord Crathorne, Lord Boswell, Lord Selkirk, Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, Hugh Bayley MP, Andrew Dismore and Tom Levitt (former MPs).
Adrian Steel welcomes the All-Party Group to the BPMA
The group’s visit coincides with the discussion of the Postal Services Bill in Parliament. This Bill has cleared its Commons stages and has now moved on to the Lords.
The group spoke to staff and trustees, were given a tour of the archive search room and repository, and saw some of the philatelic gems including Penny Blacks, and work done preparing for Edward VIII’s coronation stamp issue that was never completed.
The group tours the repository
Curator of Philately Douglas Muir shows the group some stamp artwork.
Among other items in the collection the group saw were Ulysses, Sergeant Knight‘s VC, and some posters, as well as some of our education packs and material from the handling collection.
Viewing items from the handling collection.
The group were particularly pleased to hear we passed 3000 annual search room visitors for the first time in 2010.