by Helen Dafter, Archivist
With over 2.5 miles of records our archive is a treasure house of social, postal and design history. BPMA staff conduct several tours each year offering a friendly and informative introduction to our collections.
Items on display vary but generally include family history resources such as Post Office staff magazines and records on staff welfare, the records of the Post Office Investigations department (who dealt with criminal activities which involved the Post Office, such as the Great Train Robbery) and Treasury Letters (correspondence between the Treasury and the Post Office).
We also take visitors behind the scenes at the archive and in to our basement repository. This part of the visit includes a discussion of the environmental conditions required for the storage of archives. We also look at the security of the archive and the types of boxes and files used to store the materials.
Finally, we invite visitors to select and examine material in our registered file series. This series includes material on a wide range of topics, as random selection of just a few of the files illustrates.
The next Archive Tour takes place on 30 April. Tours last approximately one hour and places must be booked by 5.00pm on the day before the tour. To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7239 2570. We hope to see you there.
Royal Mail Archive Tours 2009
30th April, 2.00-3.00pm
30th July, EVENT CANCELLED
29th October, 2.00-3.00pm
For the first time this year – Evening Tours!
28th May, 5.45-6.45pm
10th September, 5.45-6.45pm