The BPMA has a sizeable collection of items relating to key individuals from the history of the Post Office. Many of our documents concerning individuals originate from the late-18th and 19th centuries. This material is largely made up of diaries, reports, secretary's minutes, and correspondence which illuminate some of the pivotal developments in the history of the Post Office.
Our material on individuals is also very useful in terms of the sheer variety and breadth of its content. On the one hand, it covers areas of obvious historical importance. One example is the correspondence of Postmasters General with former Prime Ministers such as William Gladstone. There are also, however, stories of less well-known people. These reveal a more human aspect to postal history.
Examples from our Collection
Here are some examples of items relating to notable individuals in our collection:
A history of the work of Francis Freeling at the Post Office.
Letter to John Tilley informing him that he will receive a Knighthood.