Past Events

Here are some of our recent events showing the diversity of philately and how it can provide unexpected insights into social, cultural and local history.  

On Saturday 28th September 2019 we held the first public event at Abchurch Lane to showcase philately and the resources of the Royal to a wider audience. 

The Dr Paul Ramsay Room provided the perfect setting for an informal afternoon discussing the preservation and potential uses of our Perkins Bacon archive.  Ian Barnes from Temple Binders explained some of the binding techniques he has used to restore our book collection and bound archives. Victoria Stevens, an ICON registered conservator, gave a lively and informative talk about her work restoring the Perkins Bacon delivery books, a project made possible by grants from Association of Independent Museums, National Manuscript Conservation Trust and The Pilgrims’ Trust. To round off the afternoon, Dr Richard Morel FRPSL gave a brief introduction to the Perkins Bacon records and the many possibilities they present for historical research.

Thank you all those involved in the organisation of the day, particularly the three speakers, and to the attendees for their enthusiastic support. 


The audience enjoying a lively Q&A session and conservator Victoria Stevens describes her restoration work on the Perkins Bacon delivery books.



The Evolution of the Postcard: a talk by John Scott

On 14 November 2019, Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and postcard collector,  John Scott, informed and entertained us on the topic of the evolution of the postcard.  This event also formed part of the Postcrossing celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the first officially recognised postcard (


The Joy of Philately- People and Places: a talk by Dane Garrod

Tuesday 10th December 2019 in the Dr Paul Ramsay Room, 4th floor, 15 Abchurch Lane, London.

As always, Dane presented an entertaining and light-hearted look at philately and how it can help us uncover mysteries within our own families and glimpses into the lives of Royalty.  Dane Garrod is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and a regular contributor to Stamp Collector magazine and Royal Mail Philatelic Bulletin.