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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 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


I am very pleased to inform members that the Management Committee has approved a phased re-opening of 15 Abchurch Lane with effect from 15 October 2020. However, our plans, which include an increase in facilities, are dependent upon the need to follow current government guidance and the procedures we will introduce for members and visitors in the building.

Re-opening of 15 Abchurch lane

The premises will be open to members and visitors on Thursdays with effect from 15 October. A meeting with a display will be held on that date and arrangements for members wishing to attend, including registration, will be circulated in a newsletter early in September. Unfortunately, the publication of the programme for 2020-2021 is delayed due to changes necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. Details of the revised programme will be sent to all members in the next newsletter on 7 August.

If you wish to use the library facilities for research purposes please telephone for an appointment. This is a first step towards a full re-opening.

Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 16 September 2020

The AGM notice and supporting papers will be sent to all members with the July/August issue of the LP to be published on 1 August. It will include details of the arrangements for members who wish to attend in person. Also, members may also wish to attend the AGM via ZOOM and the Newsletter to be sent to members on 4 September 2020 will include a link for members to attend by this method.

Staffing and Return to Work - update

Further members of staff will return to work at 15 Abchurch Lane either full or part time during the next month whilst others will remain furloughed. Subject to unexpected changes to government advice we expect to be fully operational by early autumn.

Experts - update

As prefaced in my previous report, Lucy Caulfield and a reduced number of the Expert Committee and member helpers restarted the expertisation activity in Abchurch Lane in June. As a result, most submissions to the March meeting have been completed and returned, the more difficult items being subject to further research with consultants. A small number of submissions were received for the April meeting and are anticipated to be finalised shortly.

The next meeting is on 12th August. Submissions are being processed for this meeting and it remains open to receive more submissions. The remaining meetings in 2020 are on 23rd September, 4th November, and 9th December.

In a nutshell, the expertisation activity is up and running. Of course, some completions may be subject to delays when we seek the opinion of consultants and obtain further information.

Online Meeting 16 July 2020

136 Fellows, Members and Guests participated in the online meeting on 16 July 2020 when the President, Richard Stock FRPSL presented Sudan: The Development of Postal Communications 1844 – 1928. The presentation included a wide range of historical letters illustrating the development of postal services during the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. It concluded with attempts, both successful and failed, by pioneer aviators to establish regular airmail routes through north-east Africa.

Next online Meeting 30 July 2020 – please note later start time – 15:00 BST

On Thursday 30th July, 2020 at 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT) Phil Waud FRPSL will present ‘A Glimpse of GB QV Jubilee Issues.’ The ‘Jubilee Stamps’ feature an important development in the design and printing of late Victorian postage stamps. The presentation includes, essays, proofs, colour trials, issued stamps and usages of this fascinating series. It is highly commended to members.

RPSL Fellows, Members and invited Guests are invited to ‘ZOOM in’ to this live meeting. A recording of the event will be made available on the RPSL website later. Only those registering on Eventbrite will be able to join us.

The link to Phil's 2019 display handout:

Special Offer for RPSL Books

We are delighted to announce a special book purchase offer from 24 July to the end of August. Place an order for any of our books during the period, and we will deliver all of them post free for deliveries in the UK or Europe, or with a reduced postage rate of £10 per book for delivery outside Europe. The offer applies to all book​s listed on the web shop at

Please note that shipping may take a bit longer than usual because of COVID restrictions to our premises.

Website downtime

Due to the relocation of the data centre which holds the Society’s web server the RPSL website will not be available between 10:00 and 14:00 BST on Sunday 16th August 2020.

We have begun to move towards a return to normality for the new season but in the meantime please continue to enjoy the virtual meetings.

My very best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
24th July 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.


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