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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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  • The museum is down a longish flight of stairs although there is a stairlift but it is very compact when you get there so not easy to move around if busy. Thankfully it wasn’t when I visited but even s...  more »
  • Perhaps we all take for granted our postal service. It’s a highly developed and reliable service. However, postal services have existed in some form for millennia. How did the postal service we know t...  more »
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  • The man who runs it is so knowledgeable about the early post office and the roles of the Bath worthies. History lesson thrown in. Very good value. Exhibits good too.
  • A history of the postal system as it relates to Bath and it's patrons. Interesting facts and documents as well as visiting exhibits.
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