The great postbox game

I met with Richard Pope this morning on our Consumer Focus Labs work to promote online tools for consumer empowerment. He pointed me to the work of Mathew Somerville who has turned postboxes into a national game.

A Freedom of Information request to Royal Mail basically found, if I have this right, that while there are 116,000 post boxes across the UK, it doesn’t know with exact precision where they are (or that is, it does at a local evel but apparantly not, beyond postcode and some text description, at a national level). Matthew has set up an online platform for people to feed in the coordinates for their local postbox.

So far, 14,168 postboxes have been found. That is  101,832 to go…

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