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Bath Postal Museum, Bath

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The Bath Postal Museum is in Bath, Somerset, England.
The museum was founded in 1979 by Audrey and Harold Swindells in the basement of their house in Great Pulteney Street. In 1985, it moved to a home in Broad Street. This was the site of Bath's main Post Office from 1822 to 1854 and the building in which the first recorded posting of a Penny Black took place on 2 May 1840. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.
The museum's collections include: biographies of key figures involved with the development of the Post Office and connected with Bath, such as Ralph Allen, John Palmer and Thomas Moore Musgrave; a history of the post from 2000BC to the current day and a history of the British postbox.
Artefacts on display included quills and ink wells, stamp boxes, post boxes, post horns, clay tablets, strip maps, model mail coaches, and letters and postcards. There was also a replica Victorian post office.
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  • And history buffs, informative and knowledgeable guides who share the connection to the postal service and Bath.  more »
  • very poor downstairs and unsuitable if you have problems with mobility and very paked in when you get down there  more »
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  • Small but entertaining museum overseen by friendly staff. Well worth the entrance fee.
  • Definitely worth a visit. Stop over for an interesting journey through the history of stamps. Necessary for any philatelist 😋
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