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Your essential guide to the new home of Special Stamps

Royal Mail / 24 August 2016

The ultimate online archive of Royal Mail Special Stamps is here – nearly 3,000 collectible stamps in one place.

Here’s a quick tour of the site – so you can make the most of the new and start discovering brilliant Special Stamp collections today.

The gallery
Ever wondered which famous Brits made it onto a stamp? Or which historical events are commemorated? Or even which landmarks are celebrated?

Browse through the gallery and you’ll discover a wonderful variety of themes in the many varied collections – from architecture to zoology and everything in between – all celebrating some aspect of British culture.

If there’s a particular theme you’re interested in exploring, just type a keyword (e.g. ‘birds’ or ‘bridges’) into the search bar. Alternatively, you can explore the collections by theme, decade, or year, using the drop-down menus.

TIP: To quickly glance through any collection, click the 'Eye' icon to view the stamp images in ‘Quick look’ mode:


Exploring each collection
Within each Special Stamp collection you’ll find key information for individual stamps. Look out for collections with the word ‘featured’ next to them – these contain extra content, including more historical information, stamp fact files and details on related collectibles such as presentation packs and postmarks.

TIP: Press the full-screen icon, at the top right of the individual stamp, to see an enlarged version of the image:

Interactive map
Which Special Stamps stories happened near you? Find out using the mapping feature. Click ‘Interactive map’ in the menu bar and enter your postcode. The map automatically zooms in on your chosen destination and reveals the stamps that have a special connection to the area.

Almost 400 stamps have already been mapped. We will add many more throughout the year!

TIP:When viewing collections look out for the 'Map collection' button to see the collection plotted on the interactive map:

Save and email your favourites
With so many stamps to explore, you’ll want to save and share links to your favourites. Just click the 'Heart' icon next to any collection to add it to the ‘Current favourites’ page:

Make sure you bookmark the site and check back regularly for new collections. 


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