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The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post
This exclusive private view event will offer Knowledge Quarter staff an opportunity to explore one of the most audacious crimes of the 20th Century and the subsequent investigation, alongside other stories of crime through the post.
Revisit The Great Train Robbery and unearth the role of the Post Office’s own investigation department in piecing together this and other crimes, shedding light on the human stories of the victims through never before seen artefacts, objects and personal accounts.
The Great Train Robbery: Crime and the Post has been two years in the making and uncovers over 150 objects, recordings and films, some of which are displayed for the very first time.
The exhibition traces the history of the Post Office Investigation Branch, the oldest criminal investigation service in the world, established in 1683. The most high-profile crime investigated by the Investigation Branch is perhaps the most notorious crime in British history: The Great Train Robbery.
The exhibition tell the story of the robbery through its victims’ witness statements and trace the efforts made by the Investigation Branch to identify those involved and find the money. The exhibition asks visitors to question the enduring legacy of the crime: why is the public so fascinated by criminal activity and why have the criminals themselves been elevated to cult status?
This Private View is presented in partnership with The Postal Museum. We will be taken on a virtual tour by Andy Richmond (Head of Exhibitions, Access and Learning), Joanna Espin (Curator), and Gavin McGuffie (Senior Archivist).
About The Postal Museum
The Postal Museum reveals the surprising and fascinating story of the first social network and makes our extraordinary collections available and enjoyable for all.
Ultimately, behind The Postal Museum lies the Postal Heritage Trust, an independent charity created to protect and share this rich history. The Trust and the Museum are an ambitious, forward-thinking institution with an amazing story to tell.
Our Virtual Events
Our virtual events are becoming increasingly popular and often completely sell out. To ensure you are able to join the event, please ‘arrive’ (via the link sent through Eventbrite ) around 5 minutes before the start. This will ensure you are able to be let into the Zoom room before we reach full capacity.
Once you have signed up via Eventbrite you will receive a Zoom link by email 48 hrs before, 2 hrs before and 10 minutes before the event, please check your JUNK folder for these emails as they are sent directly through Eventbrite’s system.
You do not need to download Zoom software in order to participate – there is a web browser version which works perfectly well.
If you have any questions please get in touch with the KQ events team: Bhav or Jemima.
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