Post-colonial stamps on show at British Library


07 December 2018
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A free display entitled ‘Stamps, Independence, and Post-Colonial Futures’ is now available to see in the Philatelic Exhibition at the British Library.

Featuring original stamp artwork from the Crown Agents Philatelic and Security Printing Archive, together with source photographs and proofs that were used in the design process, the display will continue until the end of 2020.  

The display, which includes over 600 unique and rare items, most not exhibited before, demonstrates how stamps not only fulfilled their postal role, but how they also played an intimate part in the transition of Colonial territories into nascent independent countries, and how stamps were used to project the future aspirations of those countries to an outside world.

A statement from the British Library added: ‘The display addresses a broad range of topics including black history, cultural identity, graphic design and the history of printing as well as maintaining a strong philatelic content.’

The Philatelic Exhibition is on the upper-ground floor of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London.

For more on the British Library Philatelic Collections, see our ‘Curator’s Pick’ article in every issue of Stamp Collector.