In the lead-up to Christmas we are sharing with you 12 Posters of Christmas, a dozen classic postal posters from the Royal Mail Archive. Today’s is…
Welsh language poster advertising final posting dates, 1975. (POST 110/0098)
The national languages of Wales are Welsh and English, and by law both are treated equally by the public sector. The posters above and below, produced by the Post Office in 1975, reflect this – both have the same design and message, they are just in different languages.
Poster advertising final posting dates, 1975. (POST 110/0097)
The title of this blog post, Nadolig Llawen, means Merry Christmas in Welsh, and as this is our last blog for 2012 we wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Blwyddwyn Newydd Dda in Welsh).
The BPMA blog will return in early 2013 with posts on the Family History, Drive-in Post Offices, Mail on the island of St Kilda, the upcoming London Underground stamps and much more!
Do you know the story of the mail coach that was attacked by a lioness?
Starting yesterday, a new TV series called Y Goets Fawr (The Mail Coach in Welsh) is being broadcast on the Welsh channel S4C. The series attempts to retrace the route of the old Irish Mail in a classic mail coach, led by a team of horses.
Filming for Y Goets Fawr at the BPMA
The producers conducted a lot of research at the BPMA, and last week they did some filming here for the series. They filmed a number of records and items from our extensive collection, to show how they got their research and to illustrate the programme with interesting historical facts about mail coaches.
Items from our collection being filmed
For example, in 1816 a mail coach on its way from London to Exeter was attacked by a lioness that had escaped from a nearby menagerie. The two passengers of the coach fled into a nearby pub and locked themselves inside, blocking the door for anyone else, while the mail guard attempted to shoot at the animal with his blunderbuss. Read more about it here.
Mail coach material on display as part of our exhibition Treasures of the Archive are filmed
Along the journey, the team will visit Oswestry, Llangollen, Cerrigydrudion, Pentrefoelas, Capel Curig and Bangor before reaching the end of the line in Wales at Holyhead.
The rest of the programmes will be shown on S4C (in Welsh with English subtitles) from today until Thursday 8.30pm – 9.30pm.
In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…
Dyddiadau postio diweddaraf (Latest posting dates) (1983)
Poster in Welsh advertising final Christmas postal dates for 1983.
Artist: Not known.
See larger images of all the items in our Virtual Advent Calendar on Flickr.
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