Events and Meetings

Past Meetings

Our Archivist holds about 700 handouts provided by displayers at meetings since 1918. These range from single sheets of paper listing the items on display to extensive publications including complex images that can be regarded as significant contributions to the literature. Explanatory notes were at first provided only occasionally but have become normal practice since the 1980s. Many contain material of value to researchers and their production quality has steadily improved. These have been scanned and converted to searchable PDF documents.

5pm meetings that have been videoed may be viewed on YouTube, accessible through links on the members’ home page.

Forthcoming Meetings at No. 41

Thursday 14 February 2019 at 1pm: Simon Richards – Dominica.
The display covers the philately of this Caribbean island from its first becoming a Colony at the end of the Seven Years War through to the current reign. The early postal markings are followed by a detailed examination of the De La Rue definitive series used up until 1938 and with particular strength in proof material. The fascinating George VI period follows with Dominica’s own imposition of a Wartime surcharge, the introduction of censorship and the Colony leaving the Leeward Islands administratively. Research that has not been previously published will be presented. Leeward Island stamps used in Dominica are examined as is the postal stationery of the island. The display will also look at aspects of the island’s maritime mail, its village postal markings and early postcards.

Thursday 28 February 2019 at 5pm: Gustav Douglas - Classic Finland 1845-1859, the hand-printed Oval Design.
The first issues of Finland, those of 1845, 1850 and 1856 in force until 1859 introduced uniform domestic postal rates. The first issues depicts the Arms of Finland represented with the Lion. The first classic issues have in common: The Design Outline is Oval in its Shape. This is a traditional philately treatment on the classic issues of Finland with the Oval Design. In contrary to other contemporary postage reforms around the world, the postage reform in Finland commenced with the release of Postal Stationery Stamped Envelopes (1845-1856), succeeded with the first postage adhesive stamps with experimental status from 1 March 1856 to 31 December 1859.

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 5pm: Bill Tatham - Eastern Rumelia and South Bulgaria 1876–1886.
This display covers the area that is today most of Southern Bulgaria. It begins with the Russian-Turkish war covers, then the independent stamp-less period which includes both Russian and Eastern Rumelia covers, followed by the various Eastern Rumelia issues. We finish with the South Bulgaria overprint issues. Cancellations and usages are also included.

Thursday 21 March 2019 at 1pm: The Malaya Study Group.
The Malaya Study Group has always had an international flavour to it, being founded by an American collector, and this continues in a worldwide membership of over 300, a good proportion of whom are in Malaysia and Singapore. Thus members from the U.K., Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands are combining their efforts to bring a wide ranging a display with many gems of Malaya and Malaysian Philately, from pre-stamp to modern day, from postage stamps to postal stationery, from archival to postal history. Our broad membership enjoy greatly the research potential and just collecting the wonderful material that is encompassed within our area and look forward to sharing a glimpse of this with members of the Royal Philatelic Society London.


Season 2018-2019

Click here to download the 2018-2019 Programme


All 5pm meetings will be broadcast live on YouTube (and available subsequently); a link will be placed on the members’ home page shortly before the event.

Click here to see guidance notes for giving 1 pm displays at Devonshire Place.
Click here to see guidance notes for giving displays and presenting papers at 5 pm meetings at Devonshire Place.
Click here to download a form to be completed and returned to the Administration Manager in advance of your paper or display.