Described as ‘The Greatest Survival Story of All Time’ by Sir Edmund Hillary, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton is regarded as the last of the heroic expeditions of the polar regions.
During an attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica, Shackleton and his crew were 80 miles from their destination when their vessel, Endurance, became stuck in sea ice and after four months was crushed. All 28 men were left stranded, drifting on the ice for another six months, having dragged three boats and provisions from the ship. 2016
(January 7 2016)
The UK has a proud tradition of its people offering humanitarian assistance to those in need, and in particular certain individuals who have devoted their energies to helping and protecting others. 2016
(March 15 2016)
Featuring six endearing animal characters that thanks to special die cutting will wrap around an envelope or cling on to a postcard, these are perfect for adorning a piece of mail and making someone smile before they have even open the envelope.
Andrew Ross who designed the stamps was challenged to devise interactive stamps that particularly appealed to children and encouraged them to brighten up their letters and cards. 2016
(May 17 2016)
The third part of a five year commemorative programme marking the centenary of its outbreak. Each year of the war will be explored though a stamp which covers six key themes: Poppies, Poetry, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts. 2016
(June 21 2016)
Battlefield Poppy, Giles Revell, 1st
'To My Brother', Vera Brittain, 1st
Munitions Worker Lottie Meade, 1st
Travoys Arriving with Wounded, Stanley Spencer, £1.52
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, £1.52
Captain AC Green's Battle of Jutland Commemorative Medal, £1.52
The band is renowned for its innovative album covers, many of which have become design classics. Through working with leading graphic designers and photographers, they established a body of work that is instantly recognisable, with album cover art considered among the most iconic ever created. Most of the band’s album covers were devised by Hipgnosis, co-founded by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson in 1968. They were at the forefront of album cover design, using experimental techniques in photography and multiple exposures, and retouching to create the startling images 2016
(July 7 2016)
Beatrix Potter is one of the UK’s most popular and celebrated children’s authors. Global lifetime sales stand at over 250 million copies. They are published in 45 languages and are available in 110 countries around the world 2016
(July 28 2016)
‘Capability’ Brown is remembered as ‘the last of the great 18th century artists’ and England’s greatest Gardner. Brown changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green. Celebrated for landscape on an immense scale, creating entire vistas not only gardens and parkland – it is often said that the images Brown created are as deeply embedded in the English character as the paintings of Turner and the poetry of Wordsworth. 2016
(August 16 2016)
The issue depict key scenes documenting the start, spread and aftermath of the Great Fire of London, which raged across the city from 2 to 5 September 1666. It is the first time Royal Mail has used a graphic-novel style of design, created by renowned comic book artist and writer, John Higgins. The graphic style uses a street map design to locate the action.
A prominent and respected artist of the comic book scene, Higgins has worked on iconic titles such as Judge Dredd, 2000 AD and Watchmen series.
(September 2 2016)
Sunday, 2nd September 1666 - Fire Breaks Out, 1st
Sunday, 2nd September 1666 - The Fire Spreads Repidly, 1st
Monday, 3rd September 1666, Fire Breaks Created, £1.05
Tuesday, 4th September 1666, St Pauls destruction, £1.05
Wednesday, 5th September 1666, The fire dies out, £1.52
Tuesday, 11th September 1666, Christopher Wren plans presented, £1.52
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