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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 includes information about the first virtual regional meeting to be held as part of the President’s programme. Also, advance notice of the North Regional Meeting to be held at York on 15th July 2021 the day before the stamp fair at York Racecourse and finally, RPSL presentations at Virtual Stampex tomorrow, 27th March.

Please note that British summer time (BST) officially starts at 1am on Sunday 28 March, when UK clocks go forward an hour to 2am.

Next Online Meeting Thursday 8th April 2021

On Thursday 8th April 2021 at 14:00 BST Fellows and Members of the North West of England and Northern Ireland Regions will present a range of philatelic and postal history subjects for your entertainment. The presenters and their chosen topics are set out below.

  • 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

Further information about the presenters and their displays is available on the Eventbrite site. (Members Only)

Royal Regional Meeting – North Region 15th July 2021

The North Region meeting will be held jointly with the Postal History Society at the York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York Y024 1QQ on Thursday 15th July, 2021.
The programme starts at 10 a.m. and the charge for the day is £35 per person including a two-course buffet lunch, tea, coffee and accompaniments. For further details and a booking form please contact Yvonne Wheatley FRPSL Tel: 0113 260 1978.

Virtual Spring Stampex 25th to 27th March 2021

The two presentations held in the Spink Auditorium yesterday and this morning as part of the RPSL programme at Virtual Spring Stampex were informative, enjoyable and well attended. There will be two further presentations tomorrow:

Saturday 27th 14:00 GMT - Preparing a PowerPoint Presentation Richard Stock FRPSL

Saturday 27th 17:00 GMT - The “Wilding Castles” 1955- 1970 Mike Roberts FRPSL

Further information about each presentation is set out in my newsletter of 12th March 2021.

Attendance is free and all you need to do is register at

With my very best wishes.

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
26th March 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