A year long festival of exhibitions and events celebrating stamps, their design and postal heritage kicks off in January 2010. The "London 2010: Festival of Stamps", coordinated by The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA), will show the important role that stamps play in our lives: as a key part of a nation's heritage they form the world's biggest public art gallery, showcasing a diverse and striking picture of the world.
A highlight of next year's Festival includes a major exhibition which celebrates the centenary of George V's (1910-1936) accession to the throne. "Empire Mail: George V and the GPO", opens at the prestigious Guildhall Art Gallery, in the heart of the City of London, 7 May and runs until July 25, 2010. Many items from the BPMA's unique collections will be on display in this exhibition that explores the life of King George V, who became known as the Philatelist King through his personal passions as a stamp collector. Featuring posters, vehicles, pillar boxes, philatelic rarities and gems from the GPO Film Unit, "Empire Mail: George V and the GPO" will display themes from the King's reign such as innovations in mail transportation, the first Atlantic air crossing, the rise of graphic design in the 1920s and 1930s and war-time memorabilia.
One of the first events of the Festival is "Post Abolition: Commemorative Stamps From Around The World" (18 January 2010