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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 inevitably includes more changes to my programme plus the obvious indication that more are likely to follow! However, I remain optimistic (I’ve again given myself 11 out of 10 for that) and determined to accommodate as many deferred displays as possible during the coming months. I am grateful to everyone in my programme for their assistance, support and consideration.

Online Meeting Thursday 11th February 2021

140 Fellows, Members and guests in 15 countries attended Peter Rooke’s presentation “Revolution, Conflict & Occupation - The Posts 1789 – 1814.” A superb presentation of a complex subject covered the postal history during 25 years from the recalling of the Estates General and the ensuing changes to postal services in France, Britain, Italy and Iberia throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It was the definitive treatment of the subject and an outstanding afternoon. Congratulations Peter!

Next Online Meeting Thursday 25th February 2021

On Thursday 25th February 2021 at 14:00 GMT, Chris King will present “Copenhagen Telephone Kiosks 1895-1980.” The Danish private local postal services were at their most extensive in the 1880s, and many had closed by the early 1890s. The Copenhagen Telephone Kiosks began in 1896, later than most, and finally went out of business in 1980. The kiosks had become a Copenhagen institution offering telephony, local delivery, post restante, mail forwarding, local parcels and a range of other services from theatre tickets to small advertisements, and of course some of the most attractive greetings telegrams of their time. This is their story.

(Members only)

Revised Programme 2020-2021

The programme for the period 25 February – 29 July is set out below. It replaces previously published meeting schedules and is subject to change! ZVP in the table = ZOOM Virtual Presentation.

25 February 2021 ZVP Chris King: Copenhagen Telephone Kiosks (with philatelic aspects!)
11 March 2021 ZVP Kim Stuckey: “On British Ice” British Expeditions to the Antarctic in the 1950s.
25-27 March 2021 ZVP RPSL participating in Virtual Stampex
8 April 2021 ZVP Regional display – North West Region – virtual presentation
22 April 2021 ZVP Virtual presentation to be arranged
29 April 2021 1:00 pm Malcolm Ray-Smith: The Royal Mail 1516 - 1766
13 May 2021 1:00 pm Bill Hedley, Denes Czirok & Adriano Bergamini: Hungarian Rhapsody
20 May 2021 1:00 pm Regional Display - North Midlands
27 May 2021 5:00 pm Grace Davies: “Peace”
3 June 2021 1:00 pm James Grimwood-Taylor: Postal History of the World c.3000 BC - 1864 AD
10 June 2021 5:00 pm Carol Bommarito: Adhesive Stamp usage on Transatlantic Mail to and from the US 1840-1875
17 June 2021 1:00 pm Graham Booth: West Indies Maritime Mail
24 June 2021 1:00 pm Regional display - West Midlands
1 July 2021 5:00 pm Michael Elliott: “Finland at War – Defending its Borders.”
8 July 2021 1:00 pm GB Overprint Society
22 July 2021 1:00 pm Her Majesty The Queen – Malta, Gibraltar and Cyprus
29 July 2021 4:30 pm AGM

I hope that the Government plan to be presented on 22 February will mean that restrictions will be eased and enable some services to be provided at 15 Abchurch Lane.

With my sincere best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
12th February 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

The Patron of the Royal Philatelic Society London, Her Majesty The Queen, was on sparkling form as she opened our new headquarters at 15 Abchurch Lane, London on 26th November 2019.

Click here for a gallery of images from the opening of the new premises