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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.

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President’s Newsletter

Greetings to members worldwide! I hope that you are all keeping well and making the best use of extra time (no, I’m not talking of football!) to work on your collections and perhaps add to them. Although aircraft are still grounded, I hear that prices are taking off!

You may know about the slight easing of restrictions in the UK. Plans for return to work, the re-opening of premises and the provision of facilities are being prepared for implementation during the coming months. The RPSL's Management Committee will meet online on Monday 18th May to discuss these issues and prepare outline plans for the future, particularly the 2020-2021 season. Everything depends upon controlling Covid-19 and the continued easing of restrictions, but you have my assurance that updates will be provided as soon as possible.

The Online Meeting 7th May 2020

165 members and guests zoomed in for the online meeting on 7th May when my presentation “Sudan: The De La Rue Years 1897 – 1991” featured essays, proofs, colour trials and other production items from the De La Rue archives.

The next online Meeting 21st May 2020

The next Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday 21st May 2020 at 14:00 BST (13:00 GMT). I will be hosting a presentation by the Vice-President, Mike JY Roberts entitled ‘The Pacific Steam Navigation Company.’ This presentation covers the origins of the Company in 1840 and its first operations on the west coast of South America. It was the founders’ ambition to control the post, issue stamps and limit competition. This failed but a successful period of domination as a contract mail carrier followed. The company expanded and became the largest steamship company in the world by 1870. The presentation shows the transition from a destination led service to cruising and cargo carrying before its eventual demise in 1965.

This event will be held live via Zoom, and the recorded event will be made available on the RPSL website later.

I hope that many members will join us for this important presentation. Here are the links for an LP article about The Stamps of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company by E.D. Bacon and published in two parts in May and July 1928:

Part 1 - May 1928

Part 2 - July 1928

Future Online Meetings

Further online meetings will be held on 4th and 18th June, 2nd, 16th and 30th July 2020.

The meeting on 4th June will be a presentation by Markand Dave FRPSL and the subject will be “India – Two Anna Stamps on One Ana Watermark”
Please note that the spelling of “Ana” is not a mistake, it is an important part of the story and the presentation.

Improvement to Facilities during Lockdown

I am pleased to tell everyone that arrangements have been made for a special delivery of publications from our suppliers next week. This will enable us to clear the backlog of orders. Also, arrangements for promoting the sale of RPSL publications have been reviewed and revised and it is expected that the appointment of a Book Promotion and Sales Manager will be announced shortly.

My very best wishes

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
15th May 2020

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.

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.

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.


A 17-minute video of the visit to the Society by the Queen can be found on YouTube.

Safeguarding Policy

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


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).

Abchurch Lane Premises
Official Opening

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.

During a tour of the building she spoke to several members of our staff and many of our Fellows and Members, saw an interesting selection of stamps featuring 5 monarchs, including herself, signed the visitors' book and unveiled a plaque marking the official opening.

There are 2 short videos showing the Queen's visit to our premises available on YouTube by clicking here and here.

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