Library Events

The International Philatelic Libraries' Symposium has been postponed and will now take place during the London 2022 International Exhibition.  We hope you will join us there!

In recent months, we hosted some webinars, and these included some of the speakers who were planning to present in our May event and others who were unable to participate in the original Symposium. The details are shown in the 'Summer Seminar Series' tab. More online seminars are being planned for the future, and if you wish to present a paper or lead a discussion then please contact Nicola Davies on daviesn@rpsl.org.uk.

A Collections Seminar on the subject of Writing Philatelic Book Reviews was given by Dr Gwynne Harries FRPSL on Tuesday 24th November 2020. A video recording of this seminar can be viewed via this link to YouTube.

Thursday 6th August 2020, 2pm: Research in the Falkland Islands Jane Cameron National Archives.

In this seminar, Kim Stuckey FRPSL and Mike Roberts FRPSL, with input from the Falkland Islands Government Archivist Tansy Bishop, discussed how putting archive information online has assisted philatelic research of this remote territory. The Falkland Islands Government invested in a custom archives building in 1998 that houses the Jane Cameron National Archives. The discussion covered:

  • History of the Archives
  • The Facilities in the Archives Today
  • Traditional research by visiting Port Stanley
  • Research today online
  • Friends of the Archives.

Kim Stuckey and Mike Roberts have visited the archives in Stanley several times, most recently in 2014. This has led to the publishing of monographs and articles on aspects of Falklands philately. They are now users of the online facility to supplement research.

This free event was live via Zoom and was open to all those interested in the subject. Click here to watch the video recording of the event.


Thursday 23rd July 2020, 2pm: Conserving the Perkins Bacon Archives.

ICON Conservator Victoria Stevens ACR discussed the work she has done on conserving the RPSL's collection of Perkins Bacon Delivery Books.

During 2018-2020, grant funding from the Association of Independent Museums, The Pilgrims Trust, and the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust has enabled the RPSL to conserve our significant archive of Perkins Bacon & Co. This unique material reveals much about the history of security printing, and gives an important insight into the inner workings of a Victorian business in London.

During this talk, Victoria Stevens revealed how she restored these important pieces from the RPSL's collection.

This free event, open to all those interested in paper and book conservation, was live via Zoom. A recording of the event can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Thursday 9th July 2020, 2pm: Copyright and Philately.

In this seminar, Prof. Charles Oppenheim FRPSL discussed the basics of copyright, as well as common issues in philatelic research and libraries, including:

  • Copyright and stamp catalogues
  • The problem of orphan works
  • Exceptions to copyright
  • Copyright and philatelic libraries
  • Licences
  • Digital issues.

Charles Oppenheim is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and is an independent consultant. He has published over 650 journal articles, conference papers, reports, books and book chapters on these subjects, including his co-authored book Information Law Compliance for Librarians, Knowledge Managers and Information Professionals.

This free event was live via Zoom and was open to anyone interested in the subject.

A recording of the event can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Thursday 25th June 2020, 2pm: The Istituto di Studi Storici Postali "Aldo Cecchi" - History, Heritage, Activities.

In this talk, Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi FRPSL will discuss the foundation of the Institute, located in the Palazzo Datini in Prato (near Florence, Tuscany), Italy, and also outline its main activities and introduce some of the collections held there, including:

  • a specialized Library with a digitized catalogue, that includes over 30,000 entries of monographs and content indexing that are available online in the Italian National Collective Catalogue
  • over 1,700 journals, past and present
  • official publications of Poste Italiane, freely available online
  • around 22,000 philatelic commercial publications (sales, auctions)
  • more than 1,200 philatelic collections, freely available online
  • the archive of the High Office for Military Mail
  • collections of postcards, photographs, postmarks, postal and philatelic objects.

Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi FRPSL is the Director of the Istituto di studi storici postali "Aldo Cecchi" and Editor of its journal Archivio per la storia postale. He is Former President of the Académie Européenne de Philatélie and is currently the Vice-President of the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies. He has published a number of books on the postal history in Italy and its colonies.

This free event took place live via Zoom and a recording of the event can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Thursday 11th June 2020, 2pm: The role of a library in a major philatelic research project in Finland

Ari Muhonen FRPSL presented a case study of the role of a library in a major philatelic research project in Finland. In 2012, five philatelists undertook an enormous research task when they decided to write a book about Finnish postage rates from 1875 until 2001 using original sources to find the rates and fees. This talk gives insight to the research process needed to compile this 400 page book and discusses the role of libraries and their collections in philatelic research.

Ari used this case study to discuss the future of the philatelic libraries and the important role that open access will play in this.

Ari Muhonen is a philatelist and the University Librarian of the Jyväskylä University. He has published three philatelic books and written more than a hundred articles in various philatelic journals and catalogues. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of the FEPA (Federation of European Philatelic Associations) as well as AIJP (Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatéliques) and as a secretary of the FIP Literature Commission.

This free event took place live via Zoom and a recording of the event can be viewed by clicking on this link.


Thursday 28th May 2020 2pm: A Guide to Writing Articles for The London Philatelist

In the first seminar of the RPSL Collections Summer Series, former RPSL President Frank Walton RDP FRPSL presented his guide to writing articles for The London Philatelist, and invited discussion and questions on the topic. First published in 1892, The London Philatelist is the journal of The Royal Philatelic Society London and one of the leading philatelic journals.

Frank was Honorary Editor of The London Philatelist from 2001 to 2014 and Honorary Editor of Cameo, the journal of the West Africa Study Circle from 1996 to 2001. He has published numerous books and over 200 articles in specialist and national journals.

This free event was live via Zoom and was open to all those with an interest in philatelic writing and literature.

A recording of the event can be viewed by clicking on this link.

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 (https://150yearsofpostcards.com/).

 

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.

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.