Celebrating 500 years of history

We will be celebrating with events and activities throughout 2016

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2016 – a year of celebration

  • 07 January Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

    The greatest survival Story of all time. Sir Edmund Hillary words describing the exploits of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. We are proud to present a Special issue to mark the centenary of this epic journey. It centres around eight Special Stamps created from the glass photographic plates made by Frank Hurley during the expedition.

  • 03 April The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday

    As part of Royal Mail's 500 years celebrations, we are sponsoring a race at The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot Racecourse on 3 April 2016. Horses play an important role in our 500-year history. Letters were first carried by single riders on horseback. In the 18th century, horse-drawn mail coaches were introduced on routes around the country, including London to Norwich, Liverpool, Leeds and more.

  • 04 June 500 Years Celebration Route - CARDIFF

    As part of our 500 years celebrations, we are re-enacting historic mail routes in our UK capital cities in June. On Saturday 4 June we will be in Cardiff. Look out for our impressive horse-drawn mail coach, which will trace a short route through the city centre - Cardiff Mail Centre to Cardiff Bay Pierhead Building, 09:30 – 11:30.

  • 07 June 500 Years Celebration Route - EDINBURGH

    As part of our 500 years celebrations, we are re-enacting historic mail routes in our UK capital cities in June. On Tuesday 7 June we will be in Edinburgh. Look out for our impressive horse-drawn mail coach, which will trace a short route through the city centre - Regent Road to Queen’s Drive, Holyrood Park, starting at 13:30.

  • 11 June 500 Years Celebration Route - BELFAST

    As part of our 500 years celebrations, we are re-enacting historic mail routes in our UK capital cities in June. On Saturday 11 June we will be in Belfast. Look out for our impressive horse-drawn mail coach, which will trace a short route through the city centre - Royal Mail, Donegall Quay to Titanic Belfast, 14:30 – 15:30.

  • 18 June 500 Years Celebration Route - LONDON

    As part of our 500 years celebrations, we are re-enacting historic mail routes in our UK capital cities in June. On Saturday 18 June we will be in London. Look out for our impressive horse-drawn mail coach, which will trace a short route through the city centre before ending at Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street. There will also be activities showcasing Royal Mail’s history in the Guildhall courtyard between 11:00 – 17:00.

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