Archive for April, 2012


Plans for a new home for The British Postal Museum & Archive

banner1 Plans for a new home for The British Postal Museum & Archive

The new Postal Museum will provide access to the BPMA’s unique collections of 400 years of postal, social and design history, including photographs, posters, vehicles, pillar boxes, employment records of millions of people and a world-class stamp collection.

Under a plan endorsed by the Government, the new centre will be established at Calthorpe House, on London’s Mount Pleasant site, where the country’s oldest mail centre is located. It is close to the existing home of the BPMA at Freeling House, which has very limited space for exhibitions and displays.

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 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.

A fundraising campaign by the BPMA will be launched shortly to raise the remaining funds required to create a state of the art museum and visitor facility. The BPMA is an independent charity set up in 2004 to care for two significant collections: The Royal Mail Archive and the collections of the former National Postal Museum. It is the BPMA’s mission to increase public access to these collections, making the story they tell of communication, industry and innovation accessible to everyone.

The new centre will allow the BPMA to exhibit objects from its fascinating museum collection, which is currently held in storage. It will also include educational facilities for visiting schools

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Book of the Month – April

The Society of Genealogists’ Book of the Month for April is My Ancestors were Londoners, by Cliff Webb. Now in its sixth edition, this perennially popular title continues to be an invaluable aid to family historians who come across Londoners during the course of their research. A large proportion of the population has always lived in the London area, so the chances of finding a Londoner in your tree are certainly high! Throughout the month of April, My Ancestors were Londoners is available to members of the society for £6.47, or £7.19 for non-members. This book, along with the full range of Society of Genealogists publications, plus many others, is available from our bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk

Offer ends 30/04/12