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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.

Presently, the premises are closed due to the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, but we are having Online Meetings.

The programme for the season is under review and updates will be published on the website as soon as they are available. Click here to see the currently published programme for the session 2020-2021.

Covid-19 Precautions

The Society's premises are presently closed. When the Society's premises re-open, everyone coming to the building will need to be aware of potential risks and what they need to do to alleviate them. Please click here to see the Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Procedures document.

As explained in that document, everyone entering the building will be asked if they have read and understood the Risk Assessment and Procedures document. They will then be asked to fill in a Coronavirus precautions and track and trace form that should then be placed in a box in the reception area. This form is available here and can be completed in advance and brought with you to the building when you arrive.

The Royal Philatelic Society London is an official partner of the Philatelic Traders Society for Stampex International Virtual Exhibition 2021. Click here for more information.

President’s Newsletter


This newsletter contains information about online meetings, facilities for members at 15 Abchurch Lane, a regional meeting on 25th May and Society participation at Midpex.

Online Meeting Thursday 8th April 2021

149 Fellows, Members and guests from 18 countries attended six excellent presentations by Fellows and Members of the North West of England and Northern Ireland regions. It was the first virtual regional meeting held as part of the President’s programme. The displays featured a wide range of high quality, rare and unusual material much appreciated by members. Comments included ‘superb,’ ‘wonderful,’ ‘most enjoyable.’ ‘great presentations,’ ‘a slick operation and a model for other societies.’ The presenters and their subjects were:

  • Julian Tweed: Some Liverpool Late Fees
  • David Sweeney: 1850 to 1863 Postal Conventions of the Kingdoms of Sardinia and Italy
  • Ian Cubbin FRPSL: Early Mail to and from Central Africa 1858-1891
  • David Sigee FRPSL: Merchant Marks in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Philip Longbottom FRPSL: The Netherlands Express Mail
  • Nick Coverdale: The First Stamps of Serbia, 1866

The meeting was ably organised by Martin Davies FRPSL, Colin Hoffman FRPSL and Michael Hoffman to whom we owe our sincere thanks. Well done everyone!

Next Online Meeting Thursday 22nd April 2021

On Thursday 22nd April 2021 at 14:00 BST our Hon. Secretary, Jon Aitchison FRPSL will present Herm Island - Skulduggery, smugglers, inappropriate marriages, wallabies, a post office in a pub and even an RDP. 300 years of postal history through the lives of the colourful tenants of this small Channel Island.

(Members Only)

Royal Regional Meeting – Wessex Region – 26th May 2021

Today marks a further easing of restrictions with a gradual return to work at 15 Abchurch Lane by staff and volunteers. Although the building remains closed to members for meetings, facilities will be available for borrowing library books and submitting/collecting items for expertisation. If you wish to do so please ensure that you follow the procedures set out below.

Borrowing and Returning Library Books

A member wishing to borrow or return a book must first telephone a member of the library staff, state the title and author of the book and agree a date and time on which you will collect or return the book.

Delivering and Collecting Items for Expertisation.

A member wishing to use this facility must first telephone the Expertisation Manager, Lucy Caulfield and agree a date and time on which you will deliver or collect the items.

All Members attending 15 Abchurch Lane

When you attend 15 Abchurch Lane please ensure that you follow all the procedures previously notified, e.g., wear a mask, social distancing. You will be admitted to the building but you must remain in the reception area.

Midpex - 3 July 2021, 10 a m – 4.30 p m

This event attended by dealers and specialist societies will be held at the Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa CV31 1XN on the date and at the time shown above. The Society will have a table, part of a block of four shared with other societies. We will offer promotional items and have other material available to publicise the society. Further information will be available in my next newsletter.

With my sincere best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
12th April 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.

Library Events

From time to time informal talks 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 the upcoming events.

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.

RPSL Expert Committee

Update - 5th January 2021

The Royal Philatelic Society London's building is currently closed to members and visitors in accordance with UK government restrictions.

Submissions to the Expert Committee are still being accepted and will be expertised as soon as it is possible for the Experts to meet again at Abchurch Lane.

Inevitably, there will be severe delays with regards to the return of these items and any outstanding items submitted in 2020.

Submissions sent to the RPSL Expert Committee by post will be received and stored securely, but until normal activity resumes, please avoid sending items to us by courier.

Please email for any further queries.

Thank you.

Lucy Caulfield - Secretary,
Expert Committee


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