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Welcome to the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London.

The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship.

"The Royal", as we are universally known, is committed to moving with the times.

Our website has two aims:

  1. To make the services of the Society available to our fellows and members who cannot visit us in London.

  2. To fulfil our charitable objectives by making information and resources available to the worldwide philatelic community.

We have over 1500 overseas members, and about 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.

Patrick Maselis, President

We welcome new members who share our aims and objectives, from wherever in the world they may be. We hope that you find much of value here, and of course there is more for members than for the casual user.

We welcome feedback, comment and suggestions, positive, or less so. If you wish to join the Society, or you would like to find out more about the benefits of membership, please click this button:

With best wishes, Patrick Maselis, President


Fair and Exhibition in Sindelfingen
G.B Postal History
Participation Invitation : 24 to 26 October 2019
Who will win the “Golden Posthorn”?

The annual fair and exhibition is to be held at Sindelfingen in Germany from 24 to 26 October 2019.

Every year at the International Postal History Competition collectors, largely from Europe, present their exhibits at this unique event. This year, the DASV (Deutscher Altbriefsammler-Verein, the German Postal History Society) has invited members of the Royal Philatelic Society London, and of the Postal History Society, to join them at this annual exhibition in Germany to make a special G.B Postal History participation.

Members are invited to take part. Click here for more details.

Buckingham covers featuring the Royal Mail
"Stamp Classics" to be issued on 15 January 2019

Buckingham covers, featuring the Royal Mail "Stamp Classics" that are to be issued on 15 January 2019, will promote Tomorrow's Royal, feature our new premises at 15 Abchurch Lane and display the RPSL's 150th Anniversary logo.
There are two covers, the first of which has the set of six stamps (consisting of one from each reign) cancelled by the "Stamp Classics" first day postmark. The second cover (shown here; click the image for a larger picture) bears a miniature sheet of the same stamps cancelled by a first day illustrated handstamp which features the "RPSL 1869" logo.

The reverse of each cover has information about the Society, its history, significance and facilities offered to members. The covers, which were designed by Joanne Robinson, will be available to be ordered from the Buckingham covers website www.buckinghamcovers.com/rpsl.
There is more about the "Stamp Classics" issue on the 150th Anniversary page.

The Society's New Premises

The Society will be moving to new premises in June 2019. Please click on the button below for the details:

Forthcoming Meetings at No.41

On Thursday 21 March 2019 at 1pm, there will be a display by the Malaya Study Group.

On Thursday 4 April 2019 at 1pm, there will be a display by the Royal Belgian Academy of Philately.

On Thursday 11 April 2019 at 1pm, 150th Anniversary Celebration - Her Majesty The Queen's and Past Presidents' Collections

Our Patron Her Majesty The Queen will be exhibiting Great Britain Edward VII issues.

The material from Past Presidents' will be: Great Britain Norfolk postal history, early Mauritius postal stationery, Great Britain The Line-engraved Twopence Blue of 1841, Denmark 1851 Rigsbankskilling and 1854-69 Skilling adhesives, Austrian Blindman’s Mail 1892-1973, The Early Issues of Peru, Channel Islands postal history, Colchester postal history, Sicily postal history 1816 to 1861, Southern African postal history to 1910, Copenhagen Telephone Kiosks 1895-1980, and Great Britain Queen Elizabeth Wildings.

At 10am, in the Large Library, Brian Birch FRPSL will give a presentation about his new book Fathers of Philately which is to be published by the Society. This will be followed at 10.20am by a ten-minute Presentation of Stockholmia 2019 Exhibition Catalogues by Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL and Wolfgang Maassen RDP FRPSL.

This important meeting is expected to be especially well attended. It has been agreed that on this occasion any visitors being introduced by Fellows and Members must be registered in advance with the Administration and Facilities Manager who will be pleased to receive the name in question for a badge and for management purposes. Visitors will not be admitted if not registered in advance of the day. Please communicate by email to adminmanager@rpsl.org.uk, or by telephone to the Admin Office on 020 7486 1044, as early as possible and by 5th April at the latest.

Click here to view the Programme of Events for 2018-2019

Royal Philatelic Society London
Members’ Collections 2019

For our 150th anniversary, the Society is publishing a permanent and representative record of how and what RPSL members collect in 2019. Copies may be ordered and paid for now, but the book will be published during Spring STAMPEX in February 2019. Click here for more details.

Foundation Day Luncheon at Stationers’ Hall, 10th April 2019

Tickets for the Foundation Day Luncheon are available from Monday 3 December 2018. Bookings will be accepted in the order in which they are received and payment is required at the time of booking. The tickets may be purchased by telephoning the office at 41 Devonshire Place or via this Luncheon Ticket link to the online Shop.

Demand is likely to be high and Council has decided that individual bookings only (member and one guest) are appropriate on this occasion. This important 150th anniversary celebration will consist of a champagne and canapés reception followed by a three course lunch with wine and other beverages. The price of each ticket is £140.

To purchase tickets by telephone please call +44 (0) 20 7486 1044 and select option 1 for the Administration Team. If you purchase a ticket for a guest please provide the guest’s name at the time of booking. You will also be asked about dietary requirements. If you purchase tickets through the Online shop, please email any dietary requirements and the name of any guest for whom you have purchased a ticket to secretary@rpsl.org.uk.

Stockholmia 2019

As part of the 150th Anniversary, for its major official international celebration, the Society is delighted to be joining its members and friends from around the world at the 'Stockholmia 2019' international philatelic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden from 29th May to 2nd June 2019.

Information about all of the activities and events that are taking place in London, Gibraltar, Germany, Hong Kong, the USA, and Sweden to celebrate the Society's 150th Anniversary is available by clicking here.

As announced in the London Philatelist, the online registration for Stockholmia 2019 is open, including the sale of admission tickets and accommodation. More information on this is available here. Member, Patron and Exhibitor registration is available from this link. The public may register and purchase tickets by clicking here.

Sheets of self-adhesive Cinderella labels, to commemorate Stockholmia 2019 and the Society's 150th Anniversary, are available to purchase from the Society. Click here for details.


Tomorrow's Royal Appeal

We have found a great and historic location and a building which we believe will support the Royal for the coming century and secure the future of the oldest philatelic society in the world. Our move into the premises is now less than 12 months away, and the excitement is palpable. Generous donations will greatly assist in mitigating costs and regular giving of smaller amounts is encouraged. To find out more, and see how you can recognise what the Society means to you by helping support the Tomorrow’s Royal fundraising appeal, please click this button:

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Society Publications

Following the publication of ‘British Letter Mail to Overseas Destinations 1840 to UPU’, by Jane & Michael Moubray, it was discovered that page 307a had been inadvertently omitted. The missing page can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications web page.

Stamp Perforation: the Somerset House Years - 1848 to 1880
Free Downloads

Stamp perforation varieties have become a popular area to collect, however, copies of the 2006 book Stamp Perforation: The Somerset House Years — 1848 to 1880 are increasingly difficult to find.

The Royal Philatelic Society London, along with the authors, are delighted to provide a large section of this book as a PDF download, free to collectors, together with some additional downloads. The intention is to generate feedback from as many collectors as possible so that the authors can provide a comprehensive update in due course.

The downloadable files can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Social Media

The RPSL is on Twitter
and also on Facebook @royalphilsoclondon

The Museum of Philatelic History is on Facebook @musphilhistory

The Catalogue

Click here to search the Catalogue, which includes museum artefacts.

View recent displays at 41 Devonshire Place here: Events > Recent Displays.

De La Rue Collection Archive material images included. More...

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for Queensland pre-UPU announcement.

During 2016, the RPSL was in its 148th year, and a display was given at the World Stamp Show NY 2016 in New York City 28 May - 4 June 2016, with items from each of the years of the Society's history. Click here to view the sheets from this display.

Other News

The Royal Philatelic Society London is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with pre-eminent philatelic libraries around the world to provide a centralised gateway to the greatest philatelic research in existence. More...

Members' Area

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