The South Kensington Conversazione & Exhibition

Exhibitor: John Davies FRPSL
(Thames Valley & District Philatelic Federation)
Class: OpenAward:Large Gold

The official Post Office celebration of the Jubilee took the form of a grand Conversazione and Exhibition under the patronage of HM Queen Victoria for the benefit of the Rowland Hill Benevolent Fund on 2nd July 1890 at the South Kensington Museum. It was felt that Wednesday 2nd July should be a general holiday in the Post Office and the Postmaster General agreed to this. Open from 7pm until midnight, it was attended by 4,000 visitors including the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and many other distinguished guests.  A fully operational Post Office and a Chief Postal Sorting Office was established in the Architectural Court. Another General Post Office was sited in the Science Library together with a replica of a 1790 Office and a forecast of 1990. There was also a pneumatic tube post and other displays which included telegraph apparatus and postage stamps.

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