New book explores Postal Museum collections


17 February 2022
The Postal Museum are set to release a new book Just Large Enough by Douglas Muir as a guide to the Museum’s Philatelic Collections to coincide with the opening of London 2022 International Stamp Exhibition.

The book by Senior Curator Douglas N. Muir titled Just Large Enough, A Guide to The Postal Museum’s Philatelic Collections will be published on 19 February.

The lavishly illustrated, 300-page book takes the reader through the many highlights of the philatelic collections of The Postal Museum. Based on more than 30 years’ experience and new research, the publication features new information and illustrations published for the first time.

Eliska Bejrova, Social Media & PR Officer at The Postal Museum, said:

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‘From the Penny Black and the Machin, right up to present day Post & Go, it’s perfect for both specialists and general readers, featuring beautiful illustrations throughout. It covers postal history and stamp design, printing and innovation, master craftspeople and postal stationery, as well as less well-known stories such as early pictorial stamps from Palestine and the Gulf.’

The paperback book contains 300 pages and is available to pre-order online at for the retail price of £25. Visitors to London 2022 International Stamp Exhibition will be able to purchase a signed copy of the book at The Postal Museum’s stand 135.

Douglas N. Muir, Senior Curator of Philately at The Postal Museum, with more than thirty years’ experience of the collections, is a signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and the Book of Scottish Philatelists.

He is the author of several standard works on the history of the stamps of the United Kingdom, from Postal Reform & the Penny Black through George V & the G.P.O. to A Timeless Classic: the evolution of Machin’s icon.