Stamp of the University of Leicester to feature on postbox in Leicester to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail Special Stamps

Posted by ap507 at Jun 09, 2015 01:04 PM |
University of Leicester stamp issued in 1971 was unveiled on a postbox in Leicester as part of Royal Mail’s celebrations of 50 years of its Special Stamp programme

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office of behalf of the Royal Mail on 9 June 2015                                                                  

  • The stamp of the University of Leicester issued in 1971 was unveiled on a postbox in Leicester as part of Royal Mail’s celebrations of 50 years of its Special Stamp programme
  • Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester unveiled the stamp plaque at a special photocall today
  • Royal Mail is installing 50 plaques with images of some of the most popular stamps on 50 post boxes in locations across the country
  • Each of the 50 postboxes is located in one of the UK’s cities, towns or villages  that has a special connection with the featured stamp
  • A total of 2,663 Special Stamps have been issued since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued.
  • Royal Mail stamps have mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.

The stamp of the University of Leicester issued in 1971 was unveiled today on a post box in Leicester to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme.

50 special stamp plaques are being installed on postboxes across the UK. Each plaque features one of the most popular stamps which has a special connection with the UK city, town or village in which it is located.  

The University of Leicester was featured on a Special Stamp in 1971 as part of an issue celebrating modern British architecture.

The plaque was installed on the postbox at University Road, Leicester, next to the University entrance

Other stamps on postboxes include Winston Churchill, Bagpuss, Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, the Giant’s Causeway, York Minster and Sherlock Holmes. It is hoped that it will attract attention and admiration from locals and tourists alike.

Unveiling the new stamp plaque today in Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester said: “It is fantastic that the Grade 2* Listed University’s Gowan-Stirling Engineering building was given pride of place on this set of stamps in 1971 and now will feature on a Royal Mail postbox in front of the University. This is a great way to showcase the University’s heritage and standing in Leicester.”

Kerry Ryland, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager for Leicester added: ”The UK’s towns and cities have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. We are proud that one of our postboxes features the stamp of the University of Leicester.  We hope that all our customers and visitors to Leicester enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take a photo as a memento.”

The Royal Mail modern stamp programme has features a total of 2,663 Special Stamps since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. The Special Stamp programme has mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.

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Issued by: Morag Turnbull

Royal Mail press office

morag.turnbull@royalmail.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Special Stamps Programme

Criteria for the creation of Special Stamps to celebrate events and commemorate anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life was devised by the then Postmaster General, Tony Benn, who worked with designer David Gentleman to modernise stamp design.

As part of the programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Stamp programme, Royal Mail has launched an online gallery of every Special Stamp issued since July 1965. Visitors to the site at www.rmspecialstamps.com can browse through the stamps by the decade and also view the stamps that were issued in the year that they were born.

Details of the 50 stamps and the locations of the Post Boxes are;

Stamp

Location

Winston Churchill

Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Millennium Centre

Cardiff

Dylan Thomas

Swansea

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Wrexham

Llandudno Pier

Llandudno

Tenby Lifeboat

Tenby

CS Lewis Narnia

Belfast

Peace Bridge

Derry/Londonderry

The Giant’s Causeway

Antrim

Armagh Observatory

Armagh

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

Glasgow Tram

Glasgow

Comics, Beano

Dundee

Andy Murray winning Wimbledon

Dunblane

Sir Walter Scott

Abbotsford - Scottish Borders

Golf

St Andrews

Robert Burns

Alloway, Ayr

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool

Richard Arkwright inventor

Preston

Wallace and Gromit

Bristol

Eddystone Lighthouse

Plymouth

Met Office

Exeter

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury, Dorset

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham

Biddulph Grange

Stoke

Severn Valley Railway

Worcester

William Shakespeare

Stratford upon Avon

Charles Darwin

Shrewsbury

University of Leicester

Leicester

The Oak Stamp

Nottinghamshire

Ely Cathedral

Ely

E-type jaguar

Coventry

Max Perutz

Cambridge

York Minster

York

High Level Bridge

Newcastle

Nicola Adams

Leeds

Jessica Ennis

Sheffield

The Deep

Hull

Derwentwater

Lake District

Wembley

Wembley

Bagpuss

Canterbury

World Wildlife Fund

Woking

Magna Carta

Runnymede

Timekeeper

Greenwich

Queen’s Jubilee stamp

London

50th anniversary of the BBC

Portland Place London

Sherlock Holmes

Baker St, London

Mary Seacole

Brixton, London

Special Stamp Programme - Criteria

The criteria have remained virtually unchanged since introduced by Postmaster General, The Right Honourable Tony Benn. They are to:

  1. Commemorate important anniversaries
  2. Commemorate events of national importance, including major contemporary UK successes on the international stage
  3. Reflect the contribution of the UK to world affairs in the broadest range of activities, from the arts and humanities to science and technology
  4. Explore ‘the British way of life’, celebrating the diversity of cultures and interests within the UK
  5. Contribute to the cultural life of the UK through the patronage of art and design

Other key facts

Counties that have been featured on Special Stamps (with identifiable content)

  • Greater London: 100 stamps
  • Edinburgh: 12
  • Gwynedd: 12
  • East Sussex: 11
  • Kent: 10
  • Dorset: 9
  • Yorkshire: 9
  • County Antrim: 8
  • Somerset: 8
  • Surrey: 8

Themes that have been featured on Special Stamps

  • Social History and Politics: 72 stamp issues
  • Animals and Natural World: 62 stamp issues
  • Christmas: 49 stamp issues
  • Visual & Performing Arts: 45 stamp issues
  • Royalty: 37 stamp issues
  • Sport: 35 stamp issues
  • Architecture & Built Environment: 34 stamp issues
  • Science/Engineering/Space: 32 stamp issues
  • Literature: 32 stamp issues
  • Transport: 28 stamp issues

Current stamps and stamp products are available at 8000 Post Office branches, online at www.royalmail.com/stamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 03457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 29 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

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