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The Postal Museum opens on 28 July 2017

‘British postal services helped to shape the modern world. The Postal Museum works to connect people through this human story of communication, industry and innovation by making it accessible to all.’

The Postal Museum’s Collections Development Policy

The collection spans five centuries of history, revealling Britain’s remarkable social and communications history.

Exhibits include stamps, letters, greetings cards, postcards and even song sheets. There is a collection of post boxes and operational equipment. Tools such as handstamps, sorting machinery and furniture are on display, as are horse-drawn or motorised vehicles and train carriages.

MailRail

A network of automated trains stretched from Paddington to Whitechapel and kept the capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years. While millions of items of mail were delivered every day deep beneath the streets of London, Postal workers were forbidden from travelling on the train.

But now you can experience the ride.

The subterranean rail ride – MailRail – is due to open to the public on 4th September. It is currently available for private group events. Ride through the hidden tunnels and discover a unique piece of industrial heritage, then explore the galleries packed with objects, stories and interactive displays.

 

MailRail by Juliamaud
MailRail by Juliamaud

 

The Invitation To Events team, including an ex-Post Office Engineer, were privileged to get a trip on the train ahead of its opening to the public.

visiting mailrail with Squaremeal
Invitation To Events visiting Mailrail with Squaremeal

The Invitation To Events team plan on another trip to see the museum, so if you’d like to join them sign up for our Newsletter and you’ll be kept informed of this and other exciting visits and events. Click here to join the club http://eepurl.com/cA8aRj

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Happy New Year!

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A Review of

Clue-solving adventures 

in 2016

We have shared some great adventures.

 

We’ve explored a number of top London art galleries and museums.


We’ve discovered heritage around London.


We’ve solved puzzles in Escape Rooms …..


…and taken part in puzzle hunts and solved murder mysteries…..


We’ve enjoyed wine and chocolates, tried craft beers and ciders, indulged in cream teas and cocktails……and even visited one of London’s top five Italian restaurants for our after-hunt celebrations and prize giving.


Some of us have had fun in costume……


And we’ve all learnt something new, come across treasures we didn’t expect and discovered new places as we’ve explored. So forget about the bad parts of 2016 and let’s look forward to a better, brighter new year

Join us for more wonderful Clue Solving Adventures in 2017

Discovering London’s countryside and urban heritage

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Chingford is a suburb of London on the London/Essex border and sits on the edge of Epping Forest.

Chingford Green and SS Peter and Paul Church by Juliamaud

Chingford Countryside

Originally the whole parish of Chingford lay within the ancient Forest of Essex. The Domesday figures for swine-pastures show that Chingford was well-wooded in the 11th century, although the parish had a considerable amount of arable land, which was increased by subsequent forest clearance. Chingford’s woodland is still similar in size to its area of woodland in the 1640’s.

Epping Forest and Chingford Plain became popular with day-trippers in Victorian times. As London’s largest open space, Epping Forest is a registered charity managed by the City of London.

Chingford Town

The town of Chingford began as a scattered farming community. Comprising of three forest hamlets, the inhabitants of Chingford had the ancient right to pasture cattle, branded with their mark, a crowned ‘G’, within the forest.

There has been a parish church in Chingford since Norman times. The present Old Church building dates from the late 13th century. However the church building had to be abandoned in the 1840’s as it was in such a bad state of repair. The Reverend Robert Boothby Heathcote decided to build, at his own expense, a new church on Chingford Green. The new Church on the Green, designed by Lewis Vulliamy, was built  in 1844 and established the prominence of the Chingford Green hamlet .

During Victorian times nearby Walthamstow and Leyton experienced a surge in urbanisation, but Chingford remained an agricultural parish until the arrival of the Great Eastern Railway.

The Chingford Green conservation area includes a variety of interesting buildings showing Chingford’s development over two hundred years from a small rural community to a suburb of modern London. Details of these buildings can be found in the leaflet written and illustrated by Guy Osborne for the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The Chingford Treasure Hunt

Discover the history of the area combined with a trip to the Epping Forest countryside. Starting at Chingford Station this adventure combines a treasure hunt around the “urban” part of Chingford (including the conservation area). Although not part of the hunt, players can then visit some listed buildings on the edge of Epping Forest, as well as spend time in “The View” learning the story and history of the forest.

As well as being available for private hire, this hunt will soon be available as a self-guided hunt on the ClueKeeper platform

 

Hunting Scottish Connections

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The latest treasure hunt organised by Treasure hunts in London took place at the V&A Museum.

Discovering the V&A Museum

This museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.

This year the V&A was awarded the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize. Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director and chair of the judges, is quoted on the V&A website as saying:

‘The V&A experience is an unforgettable one. Its recent exhibitions from Alexander McQueen to The Fabric of India, and the opening of its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries, were all exceptional accomplishments – at once entertaining and challenging, rooted in contemporary scholarship, and designed to reach and affect the lives of a large and diverse national audience. It was already one of the best-loved museums in the country: this year it has indisputably become one of the best museums in the world.’

Exploring the V&A Museum – The Scottish Hunt

Teams set off to explore the museum  and find objects with a Scottish connection. After the hunt everyone met for a well earned glass of wine.

The prizes for winning included some British Shortbread. While shortbread-like biscuits have been made all over Britain for centuries, it is usually associated with Scotland. The first printed recipe appears to be by Mrs McLintock in 1736.

The winning team by Juliamaud
The winning team

 

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A Murderous Brood

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The latest murder mystery adventure from Invitation To Events is a hen-night murder mystery for 14 ladies.

A Murderous Brood

Everyone was excited about the upcoming wedding of Dan and Marie.

While Dan was away watching rugby on his stag trip, the hens celebrated Marie’s final days as a single woman with a trip to Bosanova, where the Bride’s parents live, followed by a spa retreat in England.

The first part of the trip was filled with shopping, sightseeing and clubbing organised by the bride’s friend Connie.

However, there were also a couple of last minute additions to the guest plan in Bosanova, before the party moved to England.

The game begins as everyone is relaxing at the Love and Peace Retreat. Or are they?……

Suddenly there is a loud explosion!

The “Welcome” sign to the spa crashes down, knocking Foxie to the ground. The weight of the sign and her proximity to the blast kills her instantly.

And so the investigation begins…..

Who could have planted a bomb?

What is the story behind the bantam?

Who wanted Foxie out of the hen house?

It would appear these hens are a murderous brood!……..

To book a murder mystery hen night, or other murder mystery event, contact Invitation To Events – contact@invitation2events.co.uk with the subject line ” Booking a murder mystery event”

Valentine’s Adventure at The Tate Britain

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Treasure hunt and wine at a

Top London Art Gallery

The Tate Britain features the most important collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. The works include art from Constable to Turner, Blake to Hockney and Bacon to Gainsborough.

Teams explored the gallery to find art on the theme of love on the Love and Marriage Treasure Hunt by Treasure hunts in London.

Tate Britain modern art

After the hunt everyone enjoyed a drink in the Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain.

The Tate’s wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines.

Described as ‘The Most Amusing Room in Europe’ the Rex Whistler Restaurant was opened in 1927.  It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital’s finest wine cellars.

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Eros  – Photo by Juliamaud

Park Life – A Green Treasure Hunt in Vauxhall

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 Treasure Hunts in London organised a treasure hunt exploring parks around Vauxhall.

meeting point

The adventure started at Oval underground station.

Treasure hunters gathering at the start

Players gathered at the station to collect their clue packs.

giving out clue packs

They reviewed the questions before setting off to explore the parks.

Roundel in vauxhall

All the clues were given as haikus.

found in kennington flower garden

It was a very hot day and one team found a novel way to cool down.

   vauxhall - pumping iron 2 by soggy bottoms

The hunt ended with a drink at a nearby pub. The answers were given to the clues, the winners were announced and prizes distributed.

announcing the winners