Events and Meetings

The Devonshire Cup
One Frame Competition 12 July 2018

A reminder to enter what is the very first Members competition to be held by the Society.

The Society's first "One Frame" competition will take place at 41 Devonshire Place on Thursday 12 July 2018, and it will be a 16 sheet single frame format. The competition will allow all members to participate, as this is an "open" event enabling all subjects and classes, recognised under the existing ABPS categories, to compete and enjoy the competition. There is no entry charge, but entries are limited to one per person. To make this a memorable occasion, all members are invited to join in; the deadline for receipt of entries is Monday 25 June 2018. Entry forms are available by clicking here, and are also available from the Administration office, so please enter now.

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 19 April 2018 at 1pm. Regional Display: South West Region
South West fellows and members will display a wide range of cameo exhibits ranging from Ascension Island to Whitfield King Stationery. The half yearly meetings at Tiverton have an established format that has one or two main speakers in the morning with SW members providing a ‘Philatelic Farrago’ of short displays in the afternoon. This display is in part modelled on those afternoon presentations where over the years we have seen superb and wide-ranging material, some of which we aim to share at No 41 in April.

Thursday 3 May 2018 at 1pm. James Podger: Cayman Islands: From Jamaica “used in” to Queen Elizabeth II
This display covers the period from when the Cayman Islands first used adhesive postage stamps up to the present reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The philatelic history of the Islands is well known for the surcharge provisional issues and the scandal surrounding them. In today’s display, I hope to show the viewer that, as well as the surcharge period, there is much of interest from these Islands, which makes collecting both a joy and a challenge.

Thursday 17 May 2018 at 1pm. Selections from the Princely Collection of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco
The display will start historically with the first philatelic signs at the beginning of the 18th Century until the introduction of postage stamps in 1885 and highlight the philately of Monaco with its two offices, Monaco and Menton, with their respective French, then Sardinian, and then again French administrations. A selection will show most of the postmarks and cancellations used during this period of nearly two centuries, one that was also a busy period historically. The office at Nice used four successive Sardinian issues and, following the re-attachment of the County of Nice to France in 1860, French stamps were cancelled with Sardinian cancellations for a brief period of three months whilst awaiting the delivery of French cancellers. This study is displayed for the first time ever here in its entirety. All the stamps of Monaco from 1885 as well as the unadopted designs, drawings, proofs, essays, perforated and imperforate sheets are an important part of the collection, and a small selection of these will be displayed. Pages from the collection of about 1000 army marks stretching from the war with Holland under Louis XIV (1672-1678) to the Algeria Campaign under Louis-Philippe (1830-1847) via the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars will also be shown.

Thursday 31 May 2018 at 1pm. Group Display: Polar Philately
Polar Philately consists of philatelic material with an Arctic or Antarctic subject matter. It has been an organized international philatelic activity since the mid-1950s. Seeing a broad display of material in this field should interest those currently involved in Polar Philately and those with a curiosity or developing interest in Polar Philately. This is an uncommon opportunity to view a variety of extraordinary Polar material at a single venue.



Season 2017-2018

Click here to download the 2017-2018 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.