Colne Valley Postal History Museum


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In the grounds of: The Laurels 109 Head Street
Halstead
Essex
CO9 2AZ
England

A privately owned Postal History Museum in the heart of East Anglia. The collection has been built up over a number of years by one man and now comprises more than 70 ex-British Post Office letter boxes together with Stamp Vending Machines, documents and associated artefacts. The museum houses the second-largest private collection of Post Boxes in the UK and is an invaluable resource for teaching and historical research. We take education very seriously at the Colne Valley Postal History Museum. We have a qualified teacher on our staff and we are able to work with schools and colleges in a number of ways. The location of the Museum, in a suburban garden, means that whilst we can accept pre-arranged group visits, we must limit the number of participants to twenty at one time for health and safety reasons. Students can experience the collection first hand and can handle most of the exhibits on site. We also undertake to bring artefacts in to school to support learning as part of the National Curriculum. Our collection of Victorian post boxes from 1861 to 1901 illustrates Victorian engineering and design during the period and is ideal for KS3 studies. We also have genuine and facsimile documents to support Victorian Studies. The design, construction and use of the British post box itself is an ideal topic for the study of Resistent Materials, and several sets of materials are available to support this. Scholars wishing to research the history of the wayside letter box are most welcome to visit and discuss their work with our knowledgeable technical team. We can also give guidance on restoration and care of historic objects. Finally, our Curator is available on an ad hoc basis to speak about the first 150 years of British Post Box Design and Use. This is a 1 hour PowerPoint presentation which outlines the fascinating history of the Post Box in Britain from 1853 to the present era.

Further information

Opening Hours:

The Museum is open by appointment only.

Charges:

Entrance to Museum is entirely free, but we do ask for a small donation towards upkeep costs if you enjoyed your visit.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Education facilities available
  • Mail order service available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Refreshments
  • Shop

Services:

  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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