The Post Office maintained a central filing system for a long period of its history. These files are sometimes called minutes (see Reports & Minutes Guide [PDF, 91 KB] for more details) and can be found in the following archive POST classes (searchable on our online catalogue):
These files include material dating from 1790 to the very recent past. The most modern material can be found in POST 122 and in POST 151-157 (these series contain files that are still being appraised and catalogued). They can cover all aspects of the Post Office's operation locally, nationally and internationally.
They also cover people, national and international events and trends, Post Office developments and mail operations on the ground. The best thing about these classes is their variety, they are our Archive's equivalent of a 'Lucky Dip'
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of items relating to Post Office Headquarters in our collection:
Involves a messenger, a cycle, a wall and a herd of cows.
Document discussing the introduction of post codes in Norwich.