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 18 October 2018 at 5pm. David Leathart – Walking in the QV Specimen footsteps of Marcus Samuel.
The aim of this display is to show some of the more obscure corners of Queen Victoria Philately.  The bulk of the items are overprinted SPECIMEN or CANCELLED, to prevent the stamps’ re-use as they could appear on Post Master Notices, UPU, and other Official documents. The stamps covered will be Postage, Telegraph, Colour Standards and Trials, Official, Fiscal, Revenue ending with Postal Stationery.

Thursday 8 November 2018 at 1 pm: Patrick Maselis - Belgians Overseas.
Belgians have established settlements on or organised expeditions to just about every continent on earth. In Congo and Ruanda-Urundi, Belgium went as far as to install a genuine colonial regime, including the issue of postage stamps. So, most attention is focused on these two countries. Colonies were also created in Guatemala and Rio Nunez. In other places, Belgians were very active as explorers or engineers, for instance in China, Fiji, Antarctica or Lado (South Sudan). Patrick Maselis will be showing examples from his collection of this little-known area of Belgian history with many fascinating and rare documents from the early 1600s onwards.

Thursday 15 November 2018 at 1 pm: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Besetzungen im Ersten Weltkrieg e.V. Group display.
Members of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft will give a display to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. Members will display their collections of the stamps issued in the occupied territories, postal history and materials dealing with the political effects of the war, including changes in Germany. Occupied areas include the Western Front, the occupations in the East and in Romania, as well as a small section of the very difficult 10th Army occupations of Russia. Particular focus in all these areas will be civilian mails and the restrictions placed on mail passages, censorship and developments during the war.


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.