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 13 September 2018 at 1pm. Display by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.
The opening meeting of the 2018/2019 season will be a display of Great Britain material from the reign of King George V.
As usual, this display will be restricted to Fellows and Members only.

This will be the last display from Her Majesty’s Collection to be curated by the current keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, Michael Sefi, who retires at the end of 2018. Should you be aware of any non-members who collect this field of philately, you may wish to encourage them to submit an application to join the RPSL.

4 October 2018 at 1 pm: Ray Todd, John Shaw, Glen Stafford – Latin America .
Ray Todd will show Haiti postal history from the French Colonial period to joining the UPU, specialised Chile 1910 Centenary issue with much supporting material and Paraguay postal stationery from 1881–1928. Glen Stafford tells the story of an impoverished Nicaragua falling under the influence of Nicholas Seebeck of the Hamilton Bank Note Engraving and Printing Company, who printed the stamps and stationery free, simply on condition they retained the plates and, once obsolete, printed as many as they wished to sell at discounted prices to philatelists; the exhibit includes unused and used with a wide variety of destinations, supported by proofs, essays and colour trials. John Shaw will show mainly early 20th century stamps of Paraguay and Haiti, including a study of the 1860 “Lion” essay and its eight known forgery types, as well as much proof/essay material. 


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.