It’s all aboard the award train at The Postal Museum and Mail Rail. The museum and venue are up for the Art Fund Museum of the Year award.
It’s down to the final five in the Art Fund Museum of the Year award with the Brooklands Museum, Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library and Tate St Ives vying for the prestigious award.
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail fully opened in just 2017 and is already an established must-see on London’s busy museum scene. Telling an important story of history and society it’s also got a special something deep in the ground beneath. The Mail Rail is the museum’s secret weapon and it’s undeniably impressive. The last remaining section of an underground network of rail trains, The Mail Rail lets passengers ride the mail rail as millions of sacks of post have done before them.
But it’s not just thrills, the museum has the sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II used to produce the iconic image on every stamp and replicated more than 220 billion times, a special five-wheeled Victorian bicycle invented to cope with a huge increase in post, a gold Olympic post box and a priceless sheet of Penny Blacks, the world’s first stamp, so mention just a few items in this fascinating museum.
The Postal Museum also functions as an effective events space, making it ideal for large or small gatherings. And what event spaces come with an actual train, right?
The winner of The Art Fund Museum of the Year award will be announced on Thursday 5th July, so watch this space…