Royal Mail is issuing three sets of stamps to celebrate the Olympic & Paralympic Games being held in London in 201 2.
The first set was issued on 22nd October 2009 and includes ten first class stamps championing ten sports, one of which is badminton. Two further sets will follow in 2010 and 2011.
At the time of the launch, Julietta Edgar, Royal Mail's head of special stamps, said: "We hope these stamps play their part in the countdown to the Games, but also to highlight both the sporting and cultural legacy of this wonderful event."
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: "It is a huge honour to have stamps created in celebration of the Games and we look forward to working with Royal Mail over the next three years. These stamps will be a wonderful way to celebrate the London 2012 Games and mean that the whole country can get involved in this fantastic festival of sport between now and 2012."
Royal Mail also issued on the same day a set of stamp cards, consisting of ten postcards bearing enlarged images of each stamp in the special issue, allowing every detail of these dramatic images to be seen.
The Museum has purchased a presentation pack of the stamps which includes the badminton image, and also a set of the stamp cards, which will supplement the collection of stamps and first day covers being established in the museum.
By a strange coincidence the museum received on the same day as the Olympic stamps a set of four stamps celebrating the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 kindly donated by Mike O’Keeffe.