When's the last time you sent a letter or postcard? This meetup is open to regular writers or those who haven't put pen to paper for years.
Your host, Andy, is a dedicated fan of the postal service and has been sending and receiving letters and postcards all over the world for more than 4 years. Today, he invites you to come and share his passion for the post at the best place in London for postal inspiration, The British Postal Archive opposite London's most famous postal sorting office, Mount Pleasant in Farringdon.
The plan is to take a one hour tour of the postal museum archive, going behind the scenes to look at the collections, which span over 2.5 miles of shelves covering social, postal and design history from as far back as 1636.
[UPDATE FROM THE ARCHIVE STAFF - I’ll aim to start everyone off in the search room with a general overview of the archive and some archive items on display (we also have a photographic exhibition of the Mail Rail post office underground railway) and then take one group at a time down to the repository. The other group can look at our exhibition or browse our reference library. I’ll aim to take around 45 minutes plus questions.]
We will then go into a pub/coffee shop where Andy will give you a tour through some of his personal mailart collection, artworks sent from all over the world to his postbox, mainly from people he's never met and will talk you through how to get involved in mailart.
[UPDATE FROM ANDY - Just booked a table for us at The Exmouth Arms from 7PM. If you can't make the tour, do still feel free to come along to the pub as that's where we'll be creating!]
After this, we'll be free to write letters and send art to people in the post. You can choose to send to family and friends or if you're up for it, you can send some to strangers and see what you get back.
As usual, bring your own stationery.