Postal Museum summer programme makes snail mail fun for kids

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'Wordy weaving' workshop
'Wordy weaving' workshop

London’s Postal Museum has curated an exciting programme of events to inspire kids to write and create this summer.

 

The Postal Museum is the public identity of the Postal Heritage Trust, and is a finalist in 2018’s biggest museum prize, the Art Fund Museum of the Year. The museum’s summer holidays programme focuses on arts and crafts activities, storytelling and gallery performances to engage children and instil in them a love of words and writing by hand.

 

Hannah Smith, community learning officer at The Postal Museum, told Stationery Matters: “Statistics show that in our digital age, kids are less and less exposed to the art of writing. Yet, we still believe handwriting is a core component of children’s holistic development and that it boosts creativity. That’s why it’s so crucial to teach the joy of writing through play, and give the younger generation a chance to discover the huge impact the post had on British society.

 

“Our jam-packed programme of summer activities is aimed at children of all ages, and includes arts, crafts, storytelling and workshops. It is inspired by some of the amazing stories we hold in our collections, whether it’s the account of two suffragettes who posted themselves to Downing Street, the incredible story of the letters recovered from sunken ship SS Gairsoppa, or the tale of the fearless guard of the Quicksilver mail coach who once encountered an escaped lioness along his route!

 

Smith concludes: ”Ultimately, our activities are developed to facilitate conversations, and encourage communication as a group or family. It’s really a celebration of communication in all its forms and across all mediums.”

 

All the summer activities are included in the General Admission and Exhibition Only ticket price, and are available on a first-come-first served basis. The programme of events runs until 2 September 2018. Find the full programme of events here.

 

www.postalmuseum.org

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