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The Postal Museum

Celebrate 100 years of ‘Votes for Women’ and delve into 500 years of social and communications history with one-off events at The Postal Museum uncovering the ‘Deeds not Words’ that brought about change.

We invite you to join campaigners at a suffragette rally, uncover the stories of courageous women that posted themselves to Downing Street. Meet the women that kept communications flowing during the First World War. Discover our ‘Hidden Heroes’ the postal workers who were secretly involved in the Suffrage movement and even make your own rosette and placard to join the movement. 


Deeds Not Words at The Postal Museum for London History Day
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All activities are included with General Admission and Exhibition Only tickets, and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Hidden Heroes - General Admission ticket not required for access to the Discovery Room.  
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The Postal Museum reveals five centuries of British social communication history through 500 years of the post. Alongside permanent exhibition galleries and a temporary exhibition space, Mail Rail - London’s secret Post Office Underground Railway - has recently been opened to the public for the first time in its 100 year history, including a subterranean ride through some of the original tunnels.

On London History Day we’ll be running one-off events celebrating ‘Votes for Women’ and mark the Centenary of the passing of the Representation of the Peoples Act. Explore the ‘Deeds not Words’ that brought about change as we reveal their little-known links to the post.

Roll up your sleeves and join the movement. Creating your own rosette or placards to take along to our courtyard Suffragette rally, brought to life by actors in pop-up performances. Delve into our archive to discover ‘Hidden Heroes’ of the postal service secretly part of the women’s suffrage movement. Listen in to spotlight talks throughout the gallery on courageous women for the history of the post. 

Spotlight Exhibition Talks: Suffragettes and Pioneering Postwomen
The Postal Museum Exhibition Space
10.00am - 11.00am and 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Find out about the suffragettes who posted themselves to the Prime Minister, the pioneering postwomen who led the way for female post workers, and the heroic role that women played keeping the postal and telephone services going during the World Wars. Join our Visitor Hosts in The Postal Museum Exhibition Space for spotlight talks about some of the courageous women from the history of post.

Interactive Theatre Performance: ‘Votes for Women’ Rally
The Postal Museum Exhibition Space
11.00am onwards. Suffragette Rally in the Courtyard at 3.00pm.
Join campaigners Miss Solomon and Miss McLellan to find out more about the suffrage movement – and then roll up to our ‘votes for women’ rally to discover what happened when they posted themselves to 10 Downing Street! The Big Wheel Theatre Company present pop up performances about suffragettes and the post.

Arts and Crafts Workshop: Rosette and Placard Making
The Postal Museum Learning Space
10.00am - 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Help us celebrate the ‘Votes for Women’ movement by making your own rosettes and placards in this arts and craft session, and then bring your masterpieces along to our suffragette rally in the courtyard later that day.

Hidden Heroes – From the Archive
The Discovery Room at The Postal Museum
Drop-in 10.00am - 5.00pm
Enter our Discovery Room and explore original archive records that shed light on ‘hidden heroes’ – postal workers who were secretly part of the women’s suffrage movement on display exclusively for London History Day.

Suffragettes talking to official outside 10 Downing Street with policemen watching on
Deeds Not Words © The Postal Museum


The Postal Museum
15-20 Phoenix Place
London WC1X 0DA

The Postal Museum

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