Royal Mail referred to the results of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch to select six more of the most commonly seen species from the top 20, complementing the first set of stamps issued in September 2010.
Birds of Britain is the first series of stamps issued by Post & Go terminals, a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels.
Initially these Post & Go stamps are available from Post & Go terminals in 30 branches – see Notes to Editors for full list - with subsequent sets being available from all Post & Go terminals.
The first Post & Go machine was installed at The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2007 since then over 170 terminals have been installed in around 100 branches.
All the birds in the series have been illustrated by wildlife artist and ornithologist, Robert Gillmor. 2011
(January 24 2011)
Classic Locomotives of England, issued on 1 February, is the first of four issues which looks at the vital role played by these hardworking steam engines, which made a massive contribution to UK industries in the 18th and 19th centuries.
When the world’s first main-line railway, from Liverpool to Manchester, opened in 1830, it heralded a new age of mobility and trade. Across the emerging railway network, steam locomotives of all shapes and sizes faithfully hauled their loads, cared for by a vast army of drivers and firemen, engineers and mechanics.
Many of these locomotives had working lives of several decades on the public railway network and also in many industrial locations like factories, quarries and docks, before diesel and electric technology completely took over in the 1960s.
A good example is the Thor, the Peckett 1689 locomotive featured on the 60p stamp. It was built in 1925 for the Tunnel Cement Company of Purfleet, Essex, and spent its entire life there before being scrapped in 1965. 2011
(February 1 2011)
Musicals, issued on 24 February, looks back at more than seven decades of popular stage musicals, featuring a combination of performance photography and promotional posters on four 1st and four 97p stamps.
All of the musicals selected have enjoyed long runs in London’s West End, which has firmly established itself as the place to see a stage musical for millions of visitors, but it wasn’t always the case.
For many the turning point came in 1960 with Lionel Bart’s Oliver! which fought back against the relentless onslaught of American cinematic musicals and paved the way for other home-grown musicals to follow.
It’s fitting therefore that Oliver! was selected as the first of the four 1st Class stamps alongside Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Completing the line-up, the musicals featured on the four 97p stamps are Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Me and My Girl.
(February 24 2011)
Magical Realms explores some of the world famous wizards and enchanters who have brought a touch of magic to millions of lives.
From the legendary tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of Sir Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling, characters from myth, legend and literature are to take their place on this issue.
The result is a combination of film imagery and newly commissioned work featuring the myths and legends of King Arthur (Merlin and Morgan le Fay), the Narnia stories of CS Lewis (Aslan and The White Witch), J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort) and two characters from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld (Rincewind and Nanny Ogg). 2011
(March 8 2011)
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) stamps, issued on 12 April, highlights six productions from the past five decades, reflecting the wide range of work produced by the company. The productions featured include Hamlet, The Tempest, Henry VI, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While a four-stamp miniature sheet features the RSC's theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In 1961 Sir Peter Hall founded the RSC. Now fifty years on, the company marks its anniversary in April with a 50th birthday season of new productions designed specially for its recently transformed Stratford-upon-Avon home and the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre trust stage.
Over the past 50 years the RSC has staged Shakespeare plays, classical and new, not only in its Stratford home, but also in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and worldwide.
(April 12 2011)
Royal Mail heads to the waterways of the UK for the third in its series of its Post & Go stamps.
Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage stamps and labels without the need to visit the Post Office counter.
For this third issue the Birds of Britain series moves from birdlife frequently seen in our gardens, to those spotted in and around the UK’s thousands of miles of waterways. 2011
(May 19 2011)
The sheet comprises of ten 1st Class Union Flag stamps alongside photographs taken throughout HRH Prince Phillip’s distinguished life. These include photographs from The Prince’s career in the Royal Navy to the present day in his role as Britain’s longest serving Royal consort.
Throughout his life The Prince has worked tirelessly, not only for the monarchy but also for charities, universities, the armed forces, sporting and young people’s organisations, the fields of science and technology, and for British and Commonwealth interests.
The Prince is the founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, which more than four million people in over 60 countries have taken part in since its inception in 1956. HRH Prince Philip is also patron of more than 800 British and Commonwealth organisations ranging from the Association for Science Education to the International Sacred Literature Trust.
The sheet comprises ten Union Flag stamps alongside photographs taken throughout The Prince’s life.
(June 10 2011)
90th Birthday of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh
Issued on 23 August 2011, the Crown Jewels stamps feature some of the most important and iconic pieces from this fabulous collection; with images specifically chosen to reflect their beauty and intricate workmanship.
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the making of many of the items featured on the stamps, which were created for the coronation of King Charles in 1661, following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
(August 23 2011)
Gustav Hamel’s 15-minute flight from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor Castle on 9 September 1911 was part of the celebrations of the coronation of King George V. It was the first of 16 aerial post flights carrying commemorative postage to mark the coronation. The flights took place until 26 September 1911 and are recognised as the world’s first scheduled airmail service. 2011
(September 9 2011)
The Generic Sheet is named after Henry Bishop who was Postmaster General when the first postmark was introduced. It features 20 1st class seal stamps, designed by hat-trick, from the Business and Consumer Smilers set issued in 2010. 2011
(September 15 2011)
Royal Mail embarks on a dramatic 26-stamp, alphabetical odyssey around the UK that features iconic landmarks across all four countries. The first twelve stamps go from A-L. 2011
(October 13 2011)
The 2011 Christmas stamps feature scenes inspired by the Nativity. The Madonna and Child appear on the 1st Class stamp and Joseph being visited by the Angel on the 2nd Class stamp.
The seven stamps are inspired by verses from the Gospels of Mathew and Luke and recognise that 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
(November 8 2011)
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