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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.

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

A very Happy New Year 2022 from all of us at 15 Abchurch Lane. I hope you are in good health and hoping to join us all in London in February.


Hugh Osborne is showing this afternoon [4th January 2022] at 3.00pm GMT his display of South Georgia Postal History which will I know be fantastic.

Next week I am hoping to show some Ceylon Foreign Bills, Revenues and Telegraph Stamps and to say something useful about them at 5.00pm on 13th January. This can be viewed via YouTube:

Most sadly Graham Booth closed his album for the last time in December and his display, due on 27th January, could not be arranged for a posthumous showing.
So I am very grateful to Jon Aitchison who has stepped in to help and who will be showing Unusual Aspects of the Channel Islands at 1.00pm on Thursday 27th January.
Jon tells me this is: A diverse display comprising vignettes of eighteen Channel Islands’ subjects, so there is something for most philatelic tastes. Starting with letters about spies, Ballon Monte to the Channel Islands, the development of aviation in the islands and salvaged mail from the SS Ibex, it goes on to look at railway parcel stamps, Jersey hotels and Channel Islands’ perfins. There are in-depth sections on Guernsey revenues, the inauguration and development of the telegraph service, and prisoner of war mail from the French Channel Islands. The smaller islands of Sark, Jethou and Herm are represented with postal history from the eighteenth century and artwork for several issues. Then there are unissued stamp designs and even novelty postcards. Several of the individual displays have been awarded gold medals nationally and internationally.

Membership Applications.

There has been an awareness for some time that the application processes are a little lengthy and need to be improved in order to encourage new members to join the Society.

From the beginning of this year the Announcement of Membership Applications will no longer be published in the London Philatelist. Instead they will be placed on the Society website approximately every 4 weeks. Members will of course still be able to communicate any opinion on these to the Honorary Secretary within the 3 weeks stipulated in our Articles. The Membership button towards the top of the home page leads to all details regarding membership and applications will be added to that page. The Announcement of New Members as Approved by Council will also appear there but will still continue to be published in the London Philatelist as well. These changes are intended to speed up the application process.

Forthcoming Events:

  • 22-26 February 2022 London 2022 International Show. The President’s RPSL Dinner 25th at Guildhall . Come and join 400 guests as we celebrate philately worldwide.
  • CAPEX ‘ 22 Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 12 noon, an RPSL regional meeting: Three Presenters:
    • Neil Donen (Canada) - ‘The Quetta Earthquake: Personal Vignettes’
    • Simon Moorcroft (UK) - ‘The Postal History of the City of Manchester’
    • Sandeep Jaiswal (USA) - 'Bahawalpur philately during its 50 day period as a sovereign nation.

Save the date and please register in advance by emailing

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
4th January 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.

Publications News

A new book has been published: The Postal History of The Ottoman Post in The Holy Land, by Zvi Aloni & Joseph Hackmey RDP FRPSL

See the Publications page for details.

Symposium of International Auctioneers

On Tuesday 1st February 2022, as part of the Society's programme of online events, Vice President Mike Roberts will be hosting a Symposium of International Auctioneers.

A panel of international auctioneers will discuss and answer questions on the subject of how the philatelic market is presently, including how it has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last couple of years.

Each of the panellists will bring their personal perspective of the situation. Olivier Stocker (Chairman & CEO of Spink & Son Ltd) will speak about the UK and Far East markets, Charles Shreve (Director of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries) concerning the market in the USA, Dietrich Michelson (Managing Director of Heinrich Köhler Auctions) about the market in Europe, and Sébastien Delcampe (Founder, General Manager & CEO of Delcampe International sprl) will enlighten us as to any differences he has observed in the online auction marketplace.

The symposium will be held live via Zoom starting at 3pm GMT, and is open to all. Anyone wishing to join this free event can register at Eventbrite.

Everyone is encouraged to submit questions to be put to the panellists; send emails to, with the subject line of Symposium of International Auctioneers - Question.


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