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Wish You Were Here celebrates the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for over 150 years.

The British postcard’s history began in 1870. An innovation of its time, the postcard meant faster, cheaper correspondence through the post. They were used to send secret messages of love, to boost morale for soldiers at war and to boast of holidays near and far.

Visitors can explore the postcard through history and reflect on its future with themes including romance, First World War correspondence, the British seaside, postcards in a digital age and contemporary art, with work from artists including Emily May, Francesca Colussi Cramer and Guy Atkins.

Every visitor to the exhibition can take away their own artwork in miniature. Artist Peter Liversidge, known for his postal inspired artworks, has created four unique postcard designs for the exhibition. Visitors can select a postcard to send, keep, or contemplate the thought-provoking ideas printed on the cards.

This temporary exhibition is included with entry to The Postal Museum. A ticket to the Museum also includes permanent exhibitions and a ride on Mail Rail.


The Postal Museum

15-20 Phoenix Place, London, Greater London, WC1X 0DA

03000 300700


Opening times

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30 – 17:00

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

Measures are in place to ensure the museum is a safe and fun place for visitors, staff and volunteers. You can see some of the measures in place at the top of this page.

We have adapted the Mail Rail trains so that groups that choose to sit together are divided by safety screens. We have also adapted many of the things you can touch and use in the galleries, to make them safer.

Changes include proximity sensors instead of buttons, more hand sanitisation points and free stylus pencils to use on touch screens.

As the museum is an enclosed, indoor space, in line with government guidance all visitors, staff and volunteers are expected to wear face coverings inside the museum, unless medically exempt.

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50% off entry
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