In 2019, the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London, celebrates its sesquicentenary.

A series of important events is planned in London and elsewhere to mark the Society’s 150th Anniversary. In addition to the STOCKHOLMIA 2019 exhibition, many other events will be taking place in the UK and around the world ensuring that all members have the opportunity of participating in as many celebratory events as possible. The planned events are as follows:

London 13-16 February 2019 RPSL exhibition at Spring STAMPEX; theme of H.M. King George V Our First Patron
London 10 April 2019 Foundation Day Lunch at Stationers' Hall, London
London 11 April 2019 Past Presidents’ displays at 41 Devonshire Place, London
International Event 29 May-2 June 2019 Stockholmia 2019 International Exhibition
London June 2019 (t.b.c.) Opening of new premises at 15 Abchurch Lane
Americas Event 17-20 October 2019 Exhibition, display, presentations, etc. at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washington.
London October 2019-April 2020 Four displays by UK regions at 15 Abchurch Lane
Asian Event 29 February 2020 Hong Kong - Gems of Asian Philately
London 2-9 May 2020 London 2020 International Exhibition. London 2020 website
London 7 May 2020 Regional & International Representatives meeting and displays at 15 Abchurch Lane
London 8 May 2020 The President’s Dinner, at the Guildhall (t.b.c.)

150th Anniversary Bulletins

Updates from Richard Stock FRPSL, the Co-ordinator of the 150th Anniversary Events,
are being sent to Members and are also available from these links:

150th Anniversary Update 29 May 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 8 July 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 21 September 2018.

RPSL's Exhibition at Spring Stampex
13–16 February 2019

The celebrations will officially start at Spring STAMPEX in February 2019 with an exhibition on the theme "H.M. King George V Our First Patron". Exhibits may include stamps, postal history and related items from countries listed in the SG Commonwealth and Empire catalogue. The relevant period will be 1910 to 1936. Stamps issued for use during that period but used later are also eligible. A maximum of 300 frames will be available. Exhibits may be between one and five, or eight, frames and may be competitive or non-competitive. ABPS rules for exhibiting will apply and frames fees will be £25 per frame. We hope to include items from:

  • The Royal Philatelic Society London - material from the H.C.V. Adams collection of Great Britain King George V Proofs and other appropriate collections,
  • Fellows and Members of the RPSL in the UK and overseas,
  • Other persons and organisations, e.g. dealers.

Applications must be sent to the Administration Office by 31 July 2018. Click here for an application form and other details.

Sesquicentenary Certificate

A 150th Anniversary Certificate has been approved by Council and it will be presented to members who exhibit at the King George V exhibition in February 2019 or present a display to the Society under existing arrangements between 1 January 2019 and 8 May 2020. A draft of the certificate may be viewed by clicking here.

Foundation Day Lunch at Stationers’ Hall, London EC4
10 April 2019

A 150th Anniversary lunch will be held on 10 April 2019 to celebrate the founding of the Society. The suite booked by the Society will accommodate up to 200 persons and detailed planning for this event is in progress.

1 p.m. Display by Past Presidents
11 April 2019

The Past Presidents of the Society have been invited to present a "Past Presidents' 150th Anniversary Display" as a memorable way to celebrate the anniversary year. David Beech, a Past President of the Society, has kindly agreed to organise the displays.
In addition, material from the Royal Philatelic Collection will be displayed at 41 Devonshire Place on 11 April 2019 by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen. It will be the last occasion on which material from the Royal Philatelic Collection will be displayed at our present home.

Stockholmia 2019 official logo

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.

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.
Important information about a wide range of meetings, seminars, presentations and workshops to be held throughout the exhibition can be seen at

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.

Regional Displays at our new premises - 15 Abchurch Lane

The programme for 2019-2020 will include displays by four UK regions, following the order in which each region last displayed. The displays will be on dates to be agreed between October 2019 and April 2020.

Meeting and Exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, Washington
17-20 October 2019

The date for this major international event organised by our North American Representatives and the National Postal Museum has been confirmed. Click here for more information.

RPSL Members' Collections 2019

For our 150th anniversary, the RPSL will publish a permanent and representative record of how and what RPSL members collect in 2019. Each page of the book will be a scan of the complete sheet(s) submitted by Fellows and Members. Submissions for this book are now closed.

An Asian Event
29 February 2020

Anna Lee FRPSL and Danny Wong FRPSL have kindly agreed to organise an event in Hong Kong on a date in February 2020, probably the 29th February, consisting of 50 one-frame displays entitled "Gems of Asian Philately" to commemorate our 150th anniversary. Further details will follow in due course.

Regional and Overseas Representatives Meeting
7 May 2020

The meeting will be similar to that held during London Europhilex 2015. This will be an opportunity for our representatives to meet, socialise and display items from their collections in the Society’s new premises. Jon Aitchison FRPSL has kindly volunteered to organise the displays and details will be available soon.

President’s Dinner at the Guildhall, London
8 May 2020

A provisional booking has been made for a banquet and reception in the Great Hall and the Old Library on Friday 8 May 2020, the penultimate day of the London International Exhibition. The booking cannot be confirmed until November 2018.