The Postal Museum launches their Make a Connection online hub for everyone to enjoy the museum experience virtually whilst its physical doors remain temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
For a limited time only, everyone will be able to experience the museum’s star attraction – Mail Rail – from the comfort of their own home. Viewers of the Mail Rail from Home virtual tour can explore the hidden subterranean world of the 100-year-old Post Office Railway on a miniature train transporting them through its original narrow tunnels.
Mail Rail from Home immersive virtual ride lasts approximately 10 minutes and is narrated by Ray Middlesworth, former Mail Rail engineer. Ray guides viewers through the tunnels that run beneath the Mount Pleasant sorting office, stopping at various points along the way, including the largely unchanged station platforms to give an insight into how the railway kept post coursing through London for 22 hours a day and kept Britain, and the world, connected. A story relevant now more than ever.
An impressive audio-visual display transports viewers back in time to help them understand the impact of the railway on our ability to communicate with friends, family and business partners across the world today. Powerful events from our history, including the Blitz, are revealed and a theatrical experience peels back the layers of time to bring the station back to its lively 1930s heyday.
In addition to this virtual experience, which features footage usually exclusive to the in-museum experience, visitors to Make a Connection online can see the museum’s off-site store where large objects like vehicles and pillar boxes are stored, explore objects from the collections, revisit past exhibitions and read stories of extraordinary communication from Postal Museum experts to inspire them to make meaningful connections during lockdown.