News, Events & Meetings

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

Judy and I returned from Toronto and the Capex22 single frame FIP exhibition in ebullient mood after a very warm welcome and a tremendously well organised and executed exhibition. The one frame technique was fully developed over nearly 400 exhibits and a lasting memory will be the diversity, skill and quality on show. The rooms were busy with viewers for all four days of the exhibition, more so than in many larger and multiframe shows which bodes well for the future.

A full programme of lectures and seminars added considerably to the large turn out of dealers from many countries. I am most grateful to the RPSL representatives who did so much to organise and produce a four-lecture series under our auspices, delivered by members for members and many other visitors.

On return the display by the Wessex region of the United Kingdom was once again a wonderful exhibition of the diversity of our hobby and the keenness of members who brought their material to London. The largest attendance since the RDP meeting in February showed how regional meetings attract members and displayers alike and I thank all involved.

I missed Jamie Gough’s presentation on 7th June by muddling the time zones but a view afterwards proved immensely worthwhile and an excellent addition to our on-line programme which will continue next year.

A most generous donation has enabled us to order a new Video Spectral Comparator the VSC8000HS for the Expert Committee. This will replace the current machine which is out of date, worn out and runs on Windows 7. The enhancement of forensic investigation will enable the committee to continue to provide world class opinions on the genuineness of submitted stamps. We are most grateful for this extreme generosity.

Luckily the train strike here will not affect the Sir Daniel Cooper Legacy Circle meeting and dinner on Monday next, the Crawford Festival at which the winner will be revealed or the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 30th June at which the election for Council will take place. I refer you to the summaries of the nominees. Late comers for the festival should contact directly.

The July meeting will be the One Frame competition at Abchurch Lane judged by the membership. The Devonshire Bowl is the prize and when last held it was a very happy and interesting day. So do please enter if you can.

I hope to see as many members as possible in London next week,

Happy collecting to all wherever you may be,

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
23rd June 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 was held at the RPSL, 15 Abchurch Lane, to celebrate the contribution of philatelic literature.
Click here for more information.

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.


The FEPA website carries the latest news posts regarding European philately, and the FEPA News journal keeps us informed of what is going on. The current issue can be viewed here.

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