Discover Blickling's stamp shop

A collection of stamps from Belize

Blickling stamp shop was founded by the late David Musson in 2012 and has so far raised over £50,000 since its opening. With around one million stamps in its collection, the shop is the only one of its kind within the National Trust and offers a truly unique experience.

A visionary

David Musson started volunteering with the Trust in 1994 and was dedicated to the conservation of special places and their collections. His first voluntary job was as a room steward at Felbrigg, where in 1996 he instigated the opening of a second-hand bookshop, the first of its kind anywhere in the National Trust. With this success, a second bookshop opened at Blickling in 1999 and paved the way for resourceful charity fundraising across the entire organisation.

The late David Musson presents a collectors' album in Blickling stamp shop.
The late David Musson presents a stamp to the camera.
The late David Musson presents a collectors' album in Blickling stamp shop.

The collection

The stamp shop itself, is filled with in depth catalogues of many precious stamps and is an integral and intriguing insight into the history of philately and postal services worldwide. Visitors can immerse themselves in the collection and enjoy finding hidden treasures in albums and displays. However tubs of loose stamps provide a great way of taking a little piece of history home with you.

Stamps range from a couple of pence to few thousand pounds and all proceeds help to keep National Trust places special for ever, for everyone. The majority of money raised from sales helps to fund exciting projects across Blickling, such as the restoration of the walled garden. Whereas, revenue from a small specific collection that used to belong to Mr Musson is by his request, split between further National Trust sites that he held dear.

From trains to wildlife, there's something for everyone
A Golden Arrow stamp
From trains to wildlife, there's something for everyone

Join us

Staffed by volunteers, the stamp shop is always looking for new volunteers to help organise the collections and assist visitors.  If you can spare a couple of hours a week and would like to raise awareness of this significant and extensive collection, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We couldn’t do it without you.

" We rely on donations of stamps from people, volunteers sorting through and cataloguing those donations, and then manning the shop and speaking to visitors and collectors."
- Mike Carter, stamp shop manager
Discover some of the million stamps in the stamp shop
Mike Carter holding an album of stamps in the stamp shop
Discover some of the million stamps in the stamp shop