About Us


To connect people through the evolving story of communications past and present.


British postal services helped to shape the modern world. We work to ensure that this human story of communication, industry and innovation is available and enjoyable for all.


The BPMA believes in:

Access: we want everyone to have the opportunity to access Britain's postal heritage, in all its forms, and work to assist those who need support in doing so.

Sharing: we are inclusive and want to share the richness of Britain's postal heritage widely through a range of means and working with a range of partners.

Excellence: we have a world class collection and work to excel in how we care for and share it, blending new innovations with the best proven ways of doing things.

Enjoyment: we enjoy bringing postal heritage to everyone we meet; we want people to enjoy Britain's postal heritage just as much.

Preservation: we are privileged to care for our unique collection, are dedicated to this responsibility and work to ensure that Britain's postal heritage is safe for future generations to enjoy.

Learning: we believe that everyone can learn from and be inspired by the stories our collections tell, and just as we continue to learn about Britain's postal heritage in all its depth and context we want others to do the same.

Impact Report

To find out how we're delivering against our aims please see our latest Impact Report.

The British Postal Museum & Archive - Impact Report 2013

Past reports

The British Postal Museum & Archive - Impact Report 2012 (PDF 1.9MB).

Report to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Under the Postal Services Act 2011 a report on Postal Heritage is presented to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and laid before Parliament each year.

Annual Report on Postal Heritage, 2012-2013 (PDF, 2440KB)

Past reports

Annual Report on Postal Heritage, 2011-2012 (PDF, 1942KB)

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Help and resources for journalists from around the world

Visit our press section for press releases and a range of other resources for journalists and media producers.




Find out about our work with Primary and Secondary schools

Our schools offer includes learning packs, museum visits, in-school outreach and special projects.


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