Deep beneath the streets, between Paddington and Whitechapel, a railway sits in mothballs. For decades, Mail Rail was used by the Post Office to convey letters and parcels across the capital. It was closed in 2003 after 75 years of service.
This year is the centenary of the Post Office (London) Railway Act 1913, which kickstarted the project. To mark the occasion, a new photographic exhibition has opened at the British Postal Museum and Archive near Mount Pleasant.
The exhibition includes 150 new photographs of the tunnels, depots, stations and infrastructure taken by Jonathan Bradley at Bradley Photography, part of his wider human spatial study ‘People : Space’. The museum is also prepping a special ‘Hidden Treasures of the Museum Store’ Open Day on 24 August and a Mail Rail themed Archive Open Day on 14 September.
Mail Rail: A Photographic Exhibition is on at the British Postal Museum and Archive, Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL during the centre's regular opening hours. Entrance is free, and there is no given end date.