Stamp of approval for exhibition

PUBLISHED: 10:40 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 11 May 2010

Reg Hounsell look at one of the displays at the exhibition

Reg Hounsell look at one of the displays at the exhibition

AN exhibition examining the important role Royston played in communications has opened at the Royston & District Museum. The exhibition, Delivered to Your Doorstep, displays about 100 posted items covering a period of 300 years from 1709. It includes page

AN exhibition examining the important role Royston played in communications has opened at the Royston & District Museum.

The exhibition, Delivered to Your Doorstep, displays about 100 posted items covering a period of 300 years from 1709.

It includes pages from the Brian Turnpenny Collection, which was bequeathed to the Royston & District Local History Society some 30 years ago.

Other items in the exhibition include those on loan from the North Herts Stamp Club.

Reg Hounsell, one of the organisers, said during a preview of the exhibition on Saturday that it showed the importance and growth of the postal system.

But he said, however, that it was not a service which could be taken for "granted".

"A regular early morning daily delivery of mail is no longer experienced and many rural sub post offices have already closed and many more are under threat," he said.

The displays in the exhibition include the development of the postal service in Royston in the 17th century; the coming of the mail coach and the role the post played in the First World War and Second World War.

* The exhibition will run until May 31 and the Royston and District Museum is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (10am-5pm)

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