The Colne Valley Postal History Museum, which boasts the largest collection of old post boxes in mainland U.K., will re-open its doors to the public this September.
The extensive private collection spans 160 years of philatelic history (as well as telephone history) and was assembled throughout two decades by one man, Steve Knight. The collection now comprises 125 British Post Office letter boxes and 25 stamp vending machines, documents, uniforms and associated artifacts. The museum hosts public open houses each year; however, there’s generally no public access except by prior arrangement with Knight.
The museum was open to the public on July 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will re-open on Sept. 9. Admission is free.
“There is plenty to see and touch in this huge collection that covers just about every aspect of the old General Post Office and it’s work,” Knight told the Halstead Gazette this July. “It’s situated in the grounds of a private house and is only open for viewing on special open days, so grab the chance while you can.”
For more information, visit cvphm.org.uk.