News, Events & Meetings




Frank Walton

Frank L. Walton RDP, FRPSL, Past President of the Society, passed away on 1st April after a short illness.

His tragic loss will be mourned by every member of the Society, but his contribution will be acknowledged to be one of the greatest in the history of our Society, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to Liz, his family and his many friends.

Members and friends are encouraged to add their thoughts to the condolence page which is open here.


Regular Meetings at 15 Abchurch Lane

Meetings are held at our London premises usually twice per month from September to June.

The Meeting Programme for the 2021-2022 Session

The meeting programme for the 2021-2022 session, including a programme of online presentations, can be found here.

Collections Events

From time to time informal talks and seminars 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 these events.

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

I have had the most wonderful weekend visiting two grand Regional events of the Society. On Saturday I was kindly hosted by the West Midlands (UK) region at Moor Hall Sutton Coldfield where c. 25 ‘five minute’ displays were presented ranging from the early posts of Sheffield and the lead industry, through the 1929 Air Mail stamps of India to Paraguay Officials. After an educational journey through the elaborate, and not entirely reliable, railway company services in Central and Northern England I arrived in time to attend the first joint meeting of this Society with the Society of Postal Historians at Altrincham near Manchester on Sunday. Some 40 members of either and often both societies from three countries assembled and were Royally entertained by displays, amongst many, of Iran during the Islamic year 1377, flat topped 3’s, early Danish airmails, and as many Maltese Crosses as there ever were in a very large pack of Maltesers. Excellent philately or postal history if you prefer. It was a pleasure to meet so many committed members at both of these meetings and a big thank you to the organisers. There were also several guests at each meeting thus showcasing what we do and how they might participate as members. Even had time for a beer with a guest in the hat making centre of the universe - Stockport!

These meetings which take place Internationally too, Lugano Switzerland reception on Wednesday, contact : are part of the important social role that the Royal promotes, and thanks to the SPH for their home made hospitality. I encourage all members to attend regional meetings and if there is a lack of them then please ask for help in organising one, there is a lot of experience around.

A comprehensive display of George VI high values by Gavin Fryer was well attended last week and on Thursday 26th May Vincent Schouberechts will present a display and 5pm talk on The J.-B. Moens and L. Hanciau Philatelic Business. This is a new title but the subject is much the same. There will be some 3D exhibits too, so come to Abchurch Lane to see them. New Bank Station opens today ! If you cannot make it, the lecture will be broadcast on YouTube, please click on the link to join us and view the talk.

The first Crawford Festival will be held on 28/29 June 2022 at Abchurch Lane, from 10:00 each day. Subject: How to write a book - a practical guide to producing a work of philatelic literature. If you wish to book a table to promote or sell books, please contact

We look forward to meeting new and old friends of philatelic literature in June, when the winner of this year’s prestigious Crawford Medal will be revealed.


Meanwhile think about what you are going to offer the One Frame competition on July 7th.

Happy collecting

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
16th May 2022

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.

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 1st Annual Crawford Festival
28-29 June 2022

This 2-day event will be held at the RPSL, 15 Abchurch Lane, to celebrate the contribution of philatelic literature.
Click here for more information.

Annual General Meeting
30 June 2022

The Notice of Annual General Meeting on 30 June 2022 and the Report and Statement of Accounts for the Year to 31 December 2021 may be read by logged in Members.

The Devonshire Bowl & Plate

The One Frame Competition will return to the Royal and is to take place on Thursday 7th July 2022.

Click here for all the details and the entry form.

ABPS News Summer 2022

Logged in RPSL members can read the Summer 2022 edition of ABPS News online.


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