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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.

We are planning to re-open our premises for meetings from 15th October. Click here to see the programme for the session 2020-2021.

Covid-19 Precautions

As the Society's premises are being re-opened, 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 2020. Click here for more information.

President’s Newsletter

Online Meeting 10th September

119 Fellows, Members and guests thoroughly enjoyed ‘Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg’s Onboard Post Office’ ably presented by Cheryl Ganz RDP FRPSL. Every aspect of the postal operations aboard Germany’s Zeppelin Hindenburg in 1936-37 were expertly described and accompanied by superb photographs of the post office and postal facilities. Comments from members included ‘wonderful!’ ‘fabulous!’ ‘great presentation!’ ‘excellent’. I add my personal thanks to Cheryl for a ‘grand prix’ display!


The hybrid AGM held on 16 September was a ‘first’ for the Royal with more than the quorum needed in the room and the President presiding via ZOOM. Apologies for absence were recorded, reports read, accounts adopted, officers and council elected, auditors appointed, questions answered and minutes drafted. The minutes and reports will appear in the October LP.

Meeting at 15 Abchurch Lane - 15 October

The First Meeting in the Programme for 2020-21 will be the President’s Display on Thursday 15 October at 1 p.m. It will consist of two parts, Anglo-Boer War Postal History, featuring the Republican Invasion of Natal and the Siege of Ladysmith, the Imperial Military Railway, looted and recovered mail, prison and prisoner of war mail and humorous illustrated envelopes.

The second part includes early QE2 recess-printed stamps of the Commonwealth from 1953 to 1964 with imprint blocks of the Coronation Issue, plate blocks of definitive and commemorative issues from a wide range of countries plus varieties, different printings, overprints and surcharges.

If you are attending on a meeting day please consider volunteering part of the time. Please talk to the Steward, Dave Taylor, to book to attend or volunteer, or send him an email. Telephone 0207 486 1044 then dial 0 for reception or email Please note that the reception contacts are only for meeting registration and volunteering. The Steward cannot answer any other questions or transfer calls. ZOOM and other similar facilities will also enable members to join meetings.

A Very Generous Donation

It was announced at the AGM that the Society has received an extremely generous gift of £750,000 for Tomorrow’s Royal to benefit our charitable objectives, for which every member will be truly thankful.

This gift was made available by the Trustees of the Spear Charitable Trust who have a close connection with the Society through our past honorary treasurer, Nigel Gooch.

The donation falls within their objectives of providing benefit to educational projects, training, the arts, culture, heritage, and conservation.

The Spear Trustees have enthusiastically agreed to the Society’s suggestion to name our museum The Spear Museum of Philatelic History.

As we rejoice in this most extraordinary gift, we will now have The Spear Museum of Philatelic History, to commemorate this wonderful act of generosity, for many years to come.

The gift enables the Council of the Royal greater freedom to enhance our public image and allow the Society to encourage wider participation in our great hobby.

Tomorrow’s Royal Auction – 9 October 2020 at 3 p.m. – 15 Abchurch Lane

The catalogue is now available HERE, and also on this page of the website on the right hand side there is an announcement about the auction.

Bids should be emailed to or sent by post, but postal services are not so reliable during Covid. Any further enquires to


Nominations for the award of Fellowship are invited from all members to be received by 31st October. Further information, including criteria for the award may be found on page 360 of the September issue of the LP. The nomination form may be downloaded from the website (login, then select ‘Society Business’ then ‘Member Downloads’) or obtained from the administration office at 15 Abchurch Lane. Completed forms must be returned to the Administration Manager by 31st October.

Symposium on Technical Studies of Postage Stamps

The Institute for Analytical Philately and the National Postal Museum invite you join us for four online sessions, via Zoom, to review the latest advances in technical studies of postage stamps. Each of the first three sessions will be held on a Tuesday and feature an international group of speakers considered leaders in the field. The format will allow sufficient time for questions and informal discussion. The fourth session, on Thursday, October 22nd, will be devoted to discussion. Sessions will begin at 10am EST and are open only to registered delegates. Zoom invitations will be sent by early October. There is no cost to join. To register, please click HERE and use the registration link that is at the bottom of that page.

Although significant uncertainty remains with us, virtual facilities enable us to communicate throughout the world. Also, we can continue to build our collections!

My very best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
18th September 2020

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.


The Grand Auction in aid of
Tomorrow’s Royal
will take place at 15 Abchurch Lane on
Friday 9th October at 3.00pm.
All philatelists, members or not, may bid, which will mainly be done by email to
Please state your name, contact details and full postal address for lots to be sent if you are successful.
Please support this great auction which has over 100 lots of wonderful material, kindly donated by many well-wishers.
There is no buyer’s premium, so bargains may be had!
Click here to view online the illustrations of the lots from the catalogue.

Click on the catalogue cover to download the catalogue as a PDF file.



President’s Dinner at the Guildhall, London

The President’s Dinner at the Guildhall in the City of London, EC2P 2EJ is postponed until Friday 19th February 2021 during Spring Stampex (17-20 February 2021).

Publications News

A new book has been published: A Jubilee Reminiscence by John Davies FRPSL.

See the Publications page for details.

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

The Patron of the Royal Philatelic Society London, Her Majesty The Queen, was on sparkling form as she opened our new headquarters at 15 Abchurch Lane, London on 26th November 2019.

Click here for a gallery of images from the opening of the new premises