15 October 2019
The Postal Museum has launched a season of crime and investigation themed events to coincide with the new exhibition The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post.
Open until April 2020 and included in the Museum’s admission price, the The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post exhibition revisits the famous robbery and unearths the role of the Post Office’s own investigation department in piecing together this and other crimes.
Artefacts, objects and personal accounts included in the exhibition include:
- the original high-value packets ripped open by the robbers to get to the cash inside
- first-hand witness accounts from those onboard the train as the robbery took place
- never-before-seen files and evidence including observation reports detailing the movements of the criminals, their associates, and a suspect list
The Crime Season also features talks by experts including historian and author Andrew Cook, who explores the Great Train Robbery; Charlotte Thornber, Director and Founder of Taylor Investigations, who explains what it is to be a private investigator and how technologies and techniques used currently compare to historic investigations; and author Gordon Lowe who will explore the infamous Black Panther murders. A series of Crime Scene Investigation workshops will also run until March.
Meanwhile, the Museum has announced that a special overprint will appear on the Mail Coach design of the Royal Mail Post & Go stamps in celebration of the new exhibition.
The Mail Coach stamps of all values will feature a special overprint ‘Crime & the Post’ which replaced the ‘NPM 50’ overprint on 10 October. In addition to these Post & Go stamps, a limited-edition pack containing a strip of the Mail by Train designs, all 1st class value, with the overprint ‘Great Train Robbery’ are now on sale.
This strip, available only in the pack and not obtainable from the Post & Go machine, can be purchased in the museum shop or be pre-ordered online here from 4 October.