Freddie Mercury’s Childhood Stamp Album to be displayed

At London’s Postal Museum for first time
Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 30 October

A page from Freddie Mercury’s childhood stamp album © The Postal Museum
A page from Freddie Mercury’s childhood stamp album © The Postal Museum

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The Postal Museum in London is to display one of Freddie Mercury’s childhood possessions – his stamp album – for the first time.

The album will be on display in the museum from 13 July until 30 October this year and is part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Pride movement. 

The 54-page album consists predominately of stamps from the British Commonwealth and reveals not only Freddie’s early life in Zanzibar, but also his artistic talent. 

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara (1946-1991), spent his early life in Zanzibar where his father Bomi worked for the British Colonial Office. Bomi’s passion for stamp collecting was passed on to his son who is believed to have collected from the ages of nine to twelve.

After the family moved to the UK in the 1960s Freddie studied graphic design at the Ealing College of Art. His artistic talent can be seen in the creation of the pages. The designs often use the stamps’ shape and colour to produce symmetry on the page. 

Curator Georgina Tomlinson said:

“The Postal Museum is delighted to be able to show this rare item from Freddie Mercury’s childhood which we are exhibiting to celebrate 50 years of Pride in the UK.  The album, is a surprising insight into the early life of a man who is remembered across the world for his incredible musical prowess and theatrical stage presence.”

The album was purchased at auction in 1993 with the proceeds going to the AIDS charity, Mercury Phoenix Trust. Since then, the album has been displayed at stamp shows in the UK, Prague, and Australia as well as touring exhibitions.

As well as seeing the album in the museum, visitors will be able explore the entire album page-by page on The Postal Museum’s website.

Tickets
Tickets include 1x ride on Mail Rail on your first visit and unlimited entry to The Postal Museum’s galleries and exhibitions for one year from the date of your first visit. Pre-booking is recommended.

Ticket type – Online prices
Adult (25+) £16
Young Person (16-24) £11
Child (3-15) £9
Disabled Adult + companion £14
Disabled Young Person + companion £9
Disabled Child + companion £7
Audio Guide (Downloadable in EN, FR, ES, IT, DE. Own smartphone required) £2.99

For more information and to book, visit www.postalmuseum.org/visit-us/

About The Postal Museum:

The Postal Museum tells the story of postal communication and its impact on a global society. At the museum and online we bring five centuries of extraordinary communications history to life, as seen through the eyes of the iconic postal service. On a visit, you can experience interactive and family-friendly permanent and temporary exhibitions, join special events and learning activities, use modern research facilities and take an immersive ride on Mail Rail, London’s secret Post Office underground railway. To find out more, visit www.postalmuseum.org.

The Postal Museum is supported by Royal Mail and Post Office Limited.

The Postal Museum is the public identity of the Postal Heritage Trust, an independent charity.

Address: The Postal Museum, 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA

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Pride In London: This July marks 50 years since the UK’s first Pride march, which will be preceded by a four-week festival of events celebrating the diversity of LGBT+ culture.  Further details of events in London can be found at https://prideinlondon.org/  #pride #prideinlondon