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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.

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

Thursday 2nd September was a wonderful day at the Royal. By gracious permission of Her Majesty the Deputy Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection Rod Vousden displayed a room full of material from the Northern Borneo states of Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak. Those who were there had an excellent day.

I want to draw your attention to the first of our open digital meetings which is on Tuesday 7th September which is by Jonas Hällström on the Navigators: Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974.

On Thursday 9th September there will be a physical meeting at Abchurch Lane by Malcolm Ray-Smith on The Royal Mail 1516-1766

This meeting will be a 1.00 pm full day show and will be chaired by our Past President Richard Stock.

Meanwhile the Great American Stamp Show went off extremely well and I thank Cheryl Ganz, Carol Bommarito and Alex Haimann for their great work on behalf of the Society.

Please also look at the websites for The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain in Harrogate and Stampex in London.

We have recently recruited a number of volunteers for the library and we are always keen to have volunteers who are willing to be trained in any particular aspect of activity and be available on a regular basis. Please get in touch with me if you have an offer of time to make whether it be physically in London or digitally from elsewhere.

Two new books have been published this week:

The President's Dinner will be at the Guildhall on 25th February 2022. Tickets are available on the website Shop. If you are not yet booked please give it some thought. It should be one of the best occasions in world philately next year, and you will be joining the 335 people who have registered already.

Finally, I would like to wish Victoria Lajer, one of our new Council members, a very happy day on Saturday 11th September when she is to be married!

Have a great weekend and every good wish,

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
3rd September 2021

Future Events: September to October 2021

7th September A Zoom presentation by Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL – The Navigators – Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974, starting at 1500hrs BST. Kindly arranged by Vice President Mike Roberts FRPSL. To register to attend this Zoom presentation, click here.
9th September At 15 Abchurch Lane, the display by Malcolm Ray-Smith FRPSL, starting at 1pm, will be on the subject of The Royal Mail 1516 to 1766.
23rd September ABPS Congress in Harrogate: See here for details.
29th September - 2nd October STAMPEX at the Business Design Centre, Islington. The closing date for competitive entries is 31st August. The RPSL will have a stand, in a new area called Collectors’ Lounge. Volunteers are asked to please contact Peter Cockburn or Mark Bailey.
30th September At 15 Abchurch Lane, James Grimwood-Taylor RDP FRPSL will show Postal History of the World c.3000 BC – 1940 AD [45 Frames from 1.00pm]
5th October A Zoom presentation by the other Mike Roberts FRPSL – Gambia Postal Services in the Reign of Queen Victoria. Starting at 1500 hrs BST.
7th October At 15 Abchurch Lane, Simon Richards FRPSL will show Grenada and other West Indies Postal Stationery; a 5.00pm presentation.
9th October At 15 Abchurch Lane. Geoff Eibl-Kaye FRPSL and Paul Skinner FRPSL will lead a seminar on Stamp Printing. There will be all day displays, PowerPoint presentations, and talks on all aspects of stamp printing methods. Owing to the range of precious objects on display numbers will be limited, so early registration is to be recommended.
21st October At 15 Abchurch Lane, the display by Prakob Chirakiti RDP FRPSL will be 'Siam: The Early Years'.

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.


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