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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.

We had planned to re-open our premises for meetings from 15th October, but due to the current circumstances, this has not been possible. 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

As the Society's premises are being re-opened, 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 2020. Click here for more information.

President’s Newsletter

Covid-19 Update

Yesterday’s Covid-19 announcement by the UK Government has required a rapid change of plan to the President’s Display on Thursday 15th October.  Unfortunately, my physical display of Anglo-Boer War postal history and QE2 recess-printed stamps of the Commonwealth from 1953 – 1964 cannot now take place because travel by train to London means I would have to begin my outward journey and conclude my return journey in a level 3 (very high) lockdown area. 

However, the fall-back position is that on 15th October at 16.15 BST (15.15 GMT) I will present online: The Postal History of the Natal Invasion and the Siege of Ladysmith. RPSL Fellows and Members are being invited to ‘Zoom in’ to this live virtual presentation. A recording of the event and an illustrated handout will be made available on the RPSL website later.

I very much regret altering the planned first meeting of the season but the decision to do so was unavoidable having regard to current circumstances.  Further changes to the programme are very likely and I will ensure that you are notified as soon as they occur.  I hope that you will stay safe and well.

My very best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
13th October 2020

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.


The Grand Charity Auction, held on 9th October

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grand Charity Auction.

Over £20,000 was raised from the generosity of those who gave material for sale. Click here to see the list of prices realised.

Invoices have now been sent out, and the unsold lots, that is those not on the list of realisations, are now available for sale at the reserve (i.e. the estimated) price.

Click on the catalogue cover to download the catalogue as a PDF file.

President’s Dinner at the Guildhall, London

The President’s Dinner at the Guildhall in the City of London, EC2P 2EJ is postponed until Friday 19th February 2021 during Spring Stampex (17-20 February 2021).

Publications News

A new book has been published: A Jubilee Reminiscence by John Davies 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

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