Stamp from 1971 showing University of Essex features on special gallery

Commemorative stamp showing the University of Essex, part of a set issued on September 22 1971 celeb

Commemorative stamp showing the University of Essex, part of a set issued on September 22 1971 celebrating modern university buildings. - Credit: Archant

A stamp issued in 1971 featuring the University of Essex is part of a new online gallery marking the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme.

The scheme, devised by then Postmaster General Tony Benn, was launched in July 1965 with an image of Sir Winston Churchill.

To commemorate this and the 2,662 other stamps issued under the scheme since then Royal Mail has created a new website featuring an image of each stamp.

This includes one picturing the University of Essex in Wivenhoe, issued on September 22 1971 celebrating modern university buildings.

Others in the set were Aberystwyth University College, the University of Southampton and the University of Leicester.

Southend and Greensted-juxta-Ongar are other Essex landscapes which have featured on stamps.

The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are printed, and designs must commemorate important anniversaries or events, reflect British way of life or contributions to world affairs, or contribute to art and design.

To view the gallery, and watch a video by historian Dan Snow exploring how the designs have been shaped by changing Britain, visit the Royal Mail website.

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