The hidden treasures in Philately Museum

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The beauty of every country’s history lies in the way that it is preserved for future generations. Botswana has one such treasure that seems to be escaping people’s attention.

Located in Main Mall at Poso House, Botswana Post houses a hidden treasure in the form of a museum that is known as the Botswana Post Philately Museum.  This museum is a few years older than Botswana and tells the story of before and after the country’s independence through a vast display of stamps. The stamps show Botswana from the time of the discovery of diamonds to the way of life in general that includes men ploughing with cattle at the fields, women weaving baskets, children walking to school, chiefs and prominent buildings amongst others. Botswana Post head of communications, Lebogang Bok, said that early activity of the Philately Museum could actually be traced back to the protectorate era when it was still based in Lobatse prior to its relocation to Gaborone in 1961.

She pointed out that in the process of the relocation a decision was then taken to separate the collection of artefacts that were kept at the Philately.  The artefacts were divided as they found new homes in three locations that are the National Museum, National Archives and the Philately Museum.  

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