Stamp printing plates, dies and rollers – from vault to view

Printing plate

This project gave the British Postal Museum and Archive’s (BPMA) access to 3D digitisation and provided UCL with a test-bed for 3D imaging.

Beginning in 1840 with the creation of the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, the BPMA records the history of stamp production in the UK. It holds a large collection of dies, rollers, and printing plates. These objects provide an insight into the cycle of stamp production, but they have rarely been photographed and are unavailable for consultation by the public. This project aimed to combine a number of technologies in order to capture these items as 3D digital objects, which will ultimately provide the museum with a publicly accessible resource.

For further information see the project blog

Project Leads
  • Mona Hess, Research Associate, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
  • Martin Devereux, Head of Digital, The British Postal Museum and Archive