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A Culture of Letters

Episode 3 of 15

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 December 2011

During the eighteenth century an expanding postal network offered new possibilities for long-distance relationships. From travelling preachers to sailors and their families, people from all backgrounds found ways to write home.

As Royal Mail faces an uncertain future, Dominic Sandbrook charts the development of the post office and examines it's impact on literacy, free speech, commerce and communication.

Writer and Presenter: Dominic Sandbrook

Historical Consultant: Susan Whyman

Musicians: Sam Lee, Bella Hardy, Mick Sands, Nick Hart

Actors:Morgan George, John Sessions, Simon Tcherniak,
Malcolm Tierney, Jane Whittenshaw

Producer: Joby Waldman
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

  • 'The Postman' - Oil Painting

    'The Postman' - Oil Painting

    'The Postman' - Oil Painting. Oil on canvas by Thomas Liddall Armitage.
    Depicts two women waiting eagerly on the doorstep as the postman, in blue uniform and cap, sorts through letters from his mail bag.
    Date: C. 1891

    © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2011 / The British Postal Museum & Archive


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