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Regular Meetings at 15 Abchurch Lane

Meetings are held at our London premises usually twice per month from September to June.

The premises re-opened in late July 2021.

The Meeting Programme for the 2021-2022 Session

The meeting programme for the 2021-2022 session, including a programme of online presentations, can be found here.

Collections Events

From time to time informal talks and seminars take place, showing the diversity of philately and how it can provide unexpected insights into social, cultural and local history. Click here for information about these events.

Covid-19 Precautions

Everyone coming to the building will need to be aware of potential risks and what they need to do to alleviate them. Hand sanitiser is available in the Reception area, and all visitors are encouraged to use it. On busy days the Society recommends that people maintain social distancing wherever possible and consider wearing a face mask if appropriate.
Note that users of the John Sacher Library will be subject to some restrictions as to the number of people allowed in at any one time. On non-meeting days it is not anticipated that this will cause any problem, but on meeting days it is likely that a timeslot booking system will be in operation. All users of the Library will be requested to wear a face mask (unless they have an exemption) and use the hand sanitisers upon entry to the Library.

President’s Newsletter

As we enter the last month of this extraordinary year I would like to thank every member, who has tried to help the Society to continue and maintain its role in the philatelic world, wherever that may be.

The FEPA show NOTOS has just finished and I understand was a great success with philatelists from 44 countries attending in an historic venue in Greece.
The organisers are to be congratulated on a wonderful show of exhibits, happy social gatherings, and a bold atmosphere of achievement despite the world’s problems.
Congratulations to all exhibitors for their success, and grateful thanks to those who lead the way.
I look forward to meeting many of those involved at London 2022 in February, where once more we can celebrate the friendship that our great hobby has at its heart.

The London Philatelist will have full reports of recent meetings, a Whale’s Tale by Lesley Marley which was surely one of the most outstanding thematic exhibits we have seen , followed by the Zoom presentation by Gordon Hardy which taught us a lot about the geography of Romania and surrounding states.
Ten days ago we learnt about the battles that the Fins have fought for their Independence for the last hundred years, clearly explained philatelically by Michael Elliott.
You have already been reminded that Grace Davies will show Peace and talk about her collection on zoom, on Thursday.
I encourage those close to London to come to Abchurch Lane as there is always lots more to see and socialise than on digital media.

Next week on December 7th Christopher Harman will be talking about Revenue Stamps of the City of London, (see website and register with Eventbrite) and the last meeting this year will be an unusual one by John Scott who will be showing and talking about The Evolution of Decorative Writing Paper on 16th December, when Judy and I hope to meet many of our erstwhile Volunteers at lunch time.

Good Health and Happy Collecting!

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
30th November 2021

Meeting Videos

5pm meetings that have been videoed may be viewed on YouTube, accessible through links on the All Meetings with Documents page.

The full list of meetings can be viewed here.

Meeting Handouts

Our archives hold 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. Click here for a list of the handouts available to view online.

Standing Displays and Regional Meetings

Information about the standing displays and regional meetings, in the United Kingdom and around the world, can be viewed by clicking the menu to the left.

Publications News

A new book has been published: The Postal History of The Ottoman Post in The Holy Land, by Zvi Aloni & Joseph Hackmey RDP FRPSL

See the Publications page for details.


Council has recently approved an updated Safeguarding Policy for the Society. This policy outlines how we need to safeguard the welfare of everyone associated with the Society, by protecting them from physical, emotional, sexual and negligent harm.

Everyone has a duty to report concerns or suspicions, and a right to do so in confidence and free from harassment. The revised policy can be viewed here.

Enquiries regarding any aspect of safeguarding can be emailed to