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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 premises re-opened in late July 2021.

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 hope this finds you all well and enjoying the extra freedoms that are opening up all over the world. This opening has allowed Prakob Chirakiti RDP, to travel all the way from Thailand to give his display this Thursday 21st October “Siam, the Early Years” at 4.30pm. [ Please note the earlier time ]

After Prakob’s presentation there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society at which several amendments to the Society’s Articles of Association are proposed to members for their consideration. These proposed amendments were published in full in the September edition of the London Philatelist.

They are proposed to achieve two main objectives:

Firstly, to make it possible for electronic forms of communication to be used in the process of membership application, making things more efficient and speedier. (Proposed amendments 4 and 5.)

Secondly, to have Officers of the Society that reflect the newly established main committee structure. These four Officers being: the Honorary Secretary (Head of the Secretariat), the Honorary Treasurer (Chair of the Business Committee), the Chair of the Collections Committee and the Chair of the Governance Committee. (Proposed amendments 1 and 2)

Proposed amendment 3, reduces the number of most recent Past Presidents that serve on Council from two to one.

All of these proposals are designed to move forward Council’s desire to modernise your Society and to move steadily towards a 21st Century organisation which values it members and volunteers in conjunction with our dedicated professionals, managed by the Officers and Council of your Society.

I look forward to your support.

After excellent presentations by Mike Roberts on Gambia, and Simon Richards on Grenada, and a superbly presented seminar on Stamp Printing by Geoffrey Eibe-Kaye and Paul Skinner [ on a Saturday!] I have enjoyed a visit to a vibrant and happy regional meeting at Tiverton attended by 34 members, where the whole gamut of philately was displayed from early French Revenue Documents to Hansel and Gretel on miniature sheets and everything in between.

It is meetings like these which make the Royal a unique and joyful experience, so don’t hesitate to persuade your friends to join.

In closing it is my sad duty to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Bill Gibb our representative for the East Midlands, who died last week.

Every good wish

Peter Cockburn FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
19th October 2021

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.


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