Lots of activities lined up for families visiting The Postal Museum and Mail Rail during half term. The activities mark the launch of the museum’s new temporary exhibition, Voices from the Deep, exploring personal letters and other treasures shipwrecked at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 77 years.
Holiday activities will take place on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from Tuesday 3 April to Thursday 12 April and are open to children of all ages.
Tuesday 3 April 2018, 11.30, 13.30 and 14.30 (45 mins): Storytelling
In the old days, letters on ships could be lost at sea as the crew battled pirates and storms. Meet the mermaids who find them in this enchanting storytelling session, as they dream of life on land having read snippets from this other world.
Thursday 5 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Message in a Bottle
Imagine who might receive a letter placed in a bottle and dropped into the ocean. In this creative workshop, design your own bottle and write a letter to send to a stranger on the other side of the world.
Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.00 – 16.00: The Galleries are Alive!
“When you can fight no more you must sink the mail.”
The captains and crew of the Post Office packet ships risked life and limb to carry letters overseas. Meet Captain William Rogers as he strolls through the museum’s galleries, and hear heroic tales of fighting pirates and braving the elements – all to save the mail.
Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.00 – 16.00: Easter Treasure Hunt
Perilous pirates have hidden valuable treasure in The Postal Museum! Pick up a trail and solve the clues to hunt down the missing booty. Collect your chocolatey prize once you’ve cracked it.
Tuesday 10 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Teapots and Trinkets
Visit Voices from the Deep to discover the treasures of the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck; from silver ingots to teapots and trinkets. Then, get crafty with clay and make your own piece of treasure, inspired by the rescued cargo.
Thursday 12 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Sea Life Shrinkies
An arts and crafts workshop inspired by sea life on stamps, make your own mini souvenir on shrink plastic. Choose from a key-ring, badge or magnet to take home.
A ride on The Postal Museum’s 100-year-old-railway, Mail Rail, that runs deep under London can also be added to the price of a ticket, but we advise booking rides online in advance to avoid disappointment.
A 45 minute session at the museum’s postal play space for the under 8s, Sorted!, can also be added to any ticket.
Tickets start at £9.
More info here.