The Postal Museum has launched an online hub, ‘Make a Connection’, to enable everyone to virtually enjoy the museum experience while its physical doors remain temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
For a limited time, everyone will be able to experience the museum’s star attraction – Mail Rail – from the comfort of their own home. Viewers of the ‘Mail Rail from Home’ virtual tour can explore the hidden subterranean world of the 100-year-old Post Office railway on a miniature train that transports them through its original narrow tunnels.
The ‘Mail Rail from Home’ virtual ride lasts approximately ten minutes and is narrated by Ray Middlesworth, former Mail Rail engineer. Ray guides viewers through the tunnels that run beneath the Mount Pleasant sorting office, stopping at various points along the way, including the largely unchanged station platforms, to give an insight into how the railway kept post moving through London for 22 hours a day and kept Britain, and the world, connected. A story that is now more relevant than ever.
An audio-visual display transports viewers back in time to help them understand the impact of the railway on our ability to communicate with friends, family and business partners across the world today. Powerful events from history, including the Blitz, are revealed and a theatrical experience brings the station back to its lively 1930s heyday.
In addition to this virtual experience, which features footage usually exclusive to the in-museum experience, visitors to ‘Make a Connection’ online can see the museum’s off-site store where large objects like vehicles and pillar boxes are stored, explore objects from the collections, revisit past exhibitions and read stories of communication to inspire them to make meaningful connections during the lockdown.
‘Make a Connection’ online hub is open for a limited time only at: www.postalmuseum.org/make-a-connection
Mail Rail from Home can be viewed at: www.postalmuseum.org/mail-rail-from-home