All UK kings and queens since the postbox was introduced in 1852 have had their royal cipher displayed on postboxes installed during their reign. But getting a postbox ready for a new monarch is not always straightforward! Edward VIII boxes were still being installed in early 1937, and then his father George V’s cipher had… Read More


Gosport Heritage Open Days logo

The Letter Box Study Group was recently asked to help in the production of a virtual tour around Gosport looking at the variety of post boxes in the town, as part of Heritage Open Days. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/take-a-letter-the-post-boxes-of-gosport… Read More


To mark the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Royal Mail has created five special postboxes across the UK.  The postboxes are decorated in vibrant pink and purple and include graphics and encouraging messages to participating teams.  Letter Box Study Group members and friends were out and about photographing the boxes as soon as they were unveiled.… Read More


LBSG achieves Charitable Status

The Letter Box Study Group has made a successful application to become a charity and has been given the Registered Charity Number 1198577 by the Charity Commission.  Having charitable status adds weight and authority to our voice when dealing with other organisations, as well as giving us options that are only available to charities for… Read More


Dundee, City Square

To celebrate World Book Day’s 25th anniversary, Royal Mail has unveiled four special postboxes across the UK, celebrating authors and illustrators from all four UK nations. The postboxes have their own unique design, celebrating the work of the authors and illustrators featured on each postbox. The postboxes are adorned in lines from books by authors… Read More


Five UK post boxes have been decorated to honour British authors and illustrators who’ve been using their work to help educate and entertain children during lockdown. The boxes – one of which is a parcel postbox – are in London, Cardiff, Sheffield, Belfast and Oban, close to places of significance to either the writers or… Read More


Four post boxes, one located in each UK nation, have been made digitally active to mark Christmas 2020. Each box has a QR code linking to a special festive message from Santa. Royal Mail says it wanted to: “spread yuletide cheer” as well as remind people to send letters, cards and parcels early for Christmas.… Read More


Royal Mail has given four post boxes new livery to mark Black History Month. The boxes will honour black Britons past and present in October 2020. The post boxes are located in London, close to the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton; Glasgow, close to the University; and near the City Halls in Cardiff. The Belfast… Read More


Birmingham Heritage Week Postbox Challenge

POST BOXES are taking a leading role in the Birmingham local history event being held this month. Called the Birmingham Heritage Week, it actually runs from 10 to 20 September 2020. The Letter Box Study Group assisted the organisers with its ‘Postbox Challenge’. A few pertinent facts are on the website (link: https://birminghamheritageweek.co.uk/postbox-facts/). Pictures of… Read More