Exhibition: Voices from the Deep

This exhibition CLOSED on Sun, 13th Jan 2019

This exhibition has finished.

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £11

Sunken, forgotten, and then saved from the depths of the ocean: this temporary exhibition Voices from the Deep displays a selection of over 700 personal letters that have been trapped at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in a sunken ship for nearly three quarters of a century.

For the first time you can see items from the ship’s recently recovered cargo on display including 12 bundles of letters, written 77 years ago but never delivered, and a silver ingot that was making its way from colonial India to the UK to help with the war effort.

About the Gairsoppa

Torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German U-Boat on 16 February 1941, the merchant steam boat, the SS Gairsoppa, has lain undisturbed – resting a mile deeper than the Titanic – ever since.


Mimicking the rescue mission’s search lights piercing through the ocean gloom, you can use UV torch lights to reveal snippets of fragmented letters, enjoy original footage of the recovery of SS Gairsoppa by the Odyssey Maritime Exploration, and write a postcard to your future self.


From soldiers writing to loved ones, to businessmen and missionaries, the letters offer a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people, living in extraordinary circumstances during the Second World War. They bring to light the central role that the postal service played in British society at that time.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


The Postal Museum,

15-20 Phoenix Place, London,

Map of The Postal Museum


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