Exhibitions 2014

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Discover Preston Changing Display Case
9 October - 23 February 2014

This new display brings together for the first time the City of Preston Philatelic Society and Harris collections to explore the history of Preston postal service.


It explores the changing shape of the postal service in Preston from the 1700s to the 1840s when the first stamps were introduced.

Some of the items on display include Mulready envelopes – prepaid lettersheets that were beautifully illustrated but mercilessly mocked by other artists and printers who produced their own satirical versions, a letter from a Preston woman to her husband Major Crofton that travelled all over the world to reach him in Canada in 1846, and of course the famous Penny Black stamp.

See What's On pages for related talks and workshops.

Part of the Discover Preston changing display programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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