Colne Valley Postal History Museum
PUBLIC OPEN DAYS
Our only Open Day in 2022 will be Sunday 11th September 2022.
Can't make it in person? -You can take our special Pandemic Virtual Tour of the Museum and its collections which are now on YouTube by clicking here : https://youtu.be/V1P-eGUsc4M or listen to Steve's interview with Jacky at Gateway-FM in Basildon here: https://cvphm.org.uk/Steve-Knight.mp3
This is 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 167 different ex-British Post Office and Overseas Postal Administration letter boxes together with 25 Stamp Vending Machines, 75 posters, 135 enamel signs, 27 Postal balances, two telephone kiosks, three bicycles, thousands of documents, many uniforms and associated artefacts. Our oldest post box dates from 1859 and our youngest from 2015 - we cover every reign in between in detail. The museum houses the second-largest private collection of Post Boxes in the UK and is an invaluable resource for teaching and historical research. In addition, the Museum is also home to the National AA Village Signs collection, comprising more than 65 of these iconic round village name signs from across the UK - the largest display of these anywhere. Regular public open days are held each year, but otherwise there is no general public access other than by prior arrangement with the Curator. Visitors are normally welcome by prior arrangement at any reasonable time. Contact us at the address above. Access is currently limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Use the navigation menu at the top of this page to explore our collection, learn about the history of our boxes and see what the Museum has to offer.
Shed 1: The covered accommodation seen here in 2006 provides secure dry storage for small artefacts, stamps documents and wooden post boxes. Outside you can see an array of Victorian wall boxes including a 2nd National Standard with Pedimented top. The blue covered thing is a telegraph pole, now erected and decorated. This has now been augmented by the purpose-built and much larger Shed 2!
K is for Kiosk-
Telephone Kiosks section now open, K6 & K8 on display in Museum
More AA village signs added to the site - now 100+ showing!
More Ludlows added to the Tour of Britain inc Eire!
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