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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

Meeting 22nd July 2021

It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to tell you that our meeting yesterday, the first at 15 Abchurch Lane since restrictions were lifted, was very successful. 70 members attended a superb display of material from the Royal Philatelic Collection. 42 frames of essays, proofs, colour trials and issued stamps of Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus entitled ‘The Three Kings’ were presented by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

The President’s vote of thanks was followed by the reading of the Notice of Thanks to Her Majesty The Queen. The President then presented Rod Vousden, Deputy Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work in preparing the display and a further Certificate and 150th Anniversary Medal for work he undertook preparing the display from the Royal Philatelic Collection shown during the Stockholmia Exhibition in 2019.

Everyone much appreciated the opportunity to view a new display and to socialise in person. Refreshments served in the members’ lounge concluded a memorable day.

Annual General Meeting - 29th July, 2021 at 16.30 BST

The AGM will be held in the second floor meeting room to transact the business set out in the agenda on page 2 of the Report and Statement of Accounts for the year to 31 December 2020 previously circulated to all members.

President’s Display - 29th July 2021 at 13:00 BST

This display by the President will be held in the first floor meeting room and features 42 frames of Sudan Stamps and Postal History. The subjects included in the display are:

Frame Subject
1 & 2 Early Mail & Egyptian Territorial Post Offices
3 The Nile Expedition 1884-85
4 Operations in the Eastern Sudan 1884-85
5 The Frontier Forces 1889-96 and the Dongola Expedition 1896
6 & 7 The Nile Expedition 1897-98, the Lado Enclave & Border Areas
8 1897 Provisional Issue – Overprinted Egyptian Stamps
9-16 The Camel Postman Issues 1898-1956
17 The Development of Postal Services – Registration & Instructional Marks.
18 & 19 The Camel Stamps Overprinted ‘Airmail,’ The Gordon Statue and the 1950 Pictorial Airmail Stamps
20 & 21 Wings over the Sudan
22 Rejected Essays, The 50th Anniversary of the Death of General Gordon and the 1941 Palms Issue.
23 WW1 & 1924 censored mail
24 WW2 Civil censorship
25-29 The 1951 Pictorial Issue
30 & 31 River Travelling Post Offices
32-34 Railway Travelling Post Offices
35-38 The 1962 Pictorial Issue
39 & 40 Postage Due Stamps and Covers, The Khedivial Mail Line
41 Scarce and Unusual Postmarks
42 Postcards: Sudan Steamers and Khartoum Scenes

The AGM and the meeting on 29th July conclude my term of office as President and I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all members for their support and willingness to provide assistance during a very uncertain and challenging period. Hopefully, we can continue to hold meetings where members can socialise in person and I look forward to meeting many members at 15 Abchurch Lane next Thursday.

Finally, I wish my successor, Peter Cockburn a successful and enjoyable Presidency!

With my very best wishes.

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
24th July 2021

Future Events: July to October 2021

3rd July Midpex is being held at the Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa CV31 1XN. If any members wish to order books and pick them up at Midpex, please place your order on the website and then email by midday Monday 28th June, and we will arrange for pick up at the Royal's Stand.
30th July Council meeting of the new Council
12th – 15th August Great American Stamp Show in Chicago when [hopefully] the RPSL will be showing 50 frames of ‘Court of Honour’ material
2nd September At 15 Abchurch Lane, by gracious permission of HM The Queen, a display of Northern Borneo States 1900-1952.
7th September A Zoom presentation by Jonas Hällström – The Navigators – Commonwealth of Australia High Values 1963-1974, starting at 1500hrs BST. Kindly arranged by Vice President Mike Roberts.
23rd September ABPS Congress in Harrogate: See here for details
29th September - 2nd October STAMPEX at the Business Design Centre, Islington. The closing date for competitive entries is 31st August. The RPSL will have a stand, in a new area called Collectors’ Lounge. Volunteers are asked to please contact Peter Cockburn or Mark Bailey.
30th September At 15 Abchurch Lane, James Grimwood-Taylor will show Postal History of the World c.3000 BC – 1940 AD [45 Frames from 1.00pm]
5th October A Zoom presentation by the other Mike Roberts – Gambia Postal Services in the Reign of Queen Victoria. Starting at 1500 hrs BST.
7th October At 15 Abchurch Lane, Simon Richards will show Grenada and other West Indies Postal Stationary; a 5.00pm presentation.
9th October At 15 Abchurch Lane. Geoff Eibl-Kaye and Paul Skinner will lead a seminar on Stamp Printing. There will be all day displays, PowerPoint presentations, and talks on all aspects of stamp printing methods. Owing to the range of precious objects on display numbers will be limited, so early registration is to be recommended.

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.


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