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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 had planned to re-open our premises for meetings from 15th October, but due to the current circumstances, this has not been possible. The programme for the season is under review and updates will be published on the website as soon as they are available. Click here to see the currently published 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


This newsletter includes information about online meetings, Spring 2021 Stampex and a new RPSL publication.

Online Meeting 26th November 2020

158 Fellows, Members and guests in 21 countries attended Simon Martin-Redman’s superb presentation of “Sarawak – Pirates, Population and Post.” It was an outstanding description of the evolution of postal services in Sarawak from the time of James Brooke illustrated by exceptional material including rare registered mail, multiple frankings, unique cancellations, unusual destinations and censored mail. Adhesive stamps featured unique essays and die proofs. Congratulations Simon, it was a memorable presentation!

Next Online Meeting Thursday 3rd December 2020

On Thursday 3rd December at 14.00 GMT, light-hearted presentations of amusing, unusual, and entertaining material, will be given by members of Council. The presenters and subjects are set out below:

  • Mike Roberts FRPSL: Imperial Airways - Survey Flight of Africa 1925-1926
  • Simon Richards FRPSL: Fun with Forgeries
  • Mark Bailey FRPSL: Mail to and from the Society
  • Kim Stuckey FRPSL: A Christmas Cracker
  • Chris King RDP, Hon. FRPSL: Philatelic Dinners

(Members Only)

Spring Stampex 17th – 20th February 2021

Yesterday I was told that the PTS Council have decided to cancel Spring 2021 Stampex due to be held at the Business Design Centre. The PTS have also stated that they will hold a second Virtual Stampex from 25-27th March 2021. Members will know that the RPSL was to be the lead society exhibiting at Spring Stampex. Consequently, I have been invited to attend a meeting of the ABPS Exhibitions Committee early next week to consider the implications of the changes and I hope to provide all members with more information in my next newsletter on Friday 4th December.

A New RPSL Publication

Pan American Airways Wartime Transatlantic Air Mail: Censorship and the LATI Substitute, by John Wilson and Frank Walton RDP FRPSL.

A fascinating account of how the USA and UK co-operated during World War II to run a censorship and intelligence-gathering operation on mail travelling between the Axis countries in Europe and countries in Latin America with pro-Axis sympathies. Pan American Airways took the place of the Italian-owned LATI (Linee Aeree Transcontinentali Italiane) transatlantic airmail delivery service, which had started in 1939 but was terminated by the USA following that country’s entry into the war in December 1941. The allied censorship operation was based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has not been the subject of study hitherto. This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of the airmail routes and the censorship process that were developed. The authors used a combination of archival materials and relevant covers to tell its amazing story.

This 312-page paperback (ISBN 978-1-913015-08-4) costs £39 for members of the RPSL and £44 for non-members. Postage is included within the UK and Europe; elsewhere an additional £10 (please check when ordering). The book was published in December 2020. Order from the RPSL website Members should log in to benefit from the discounted price.

Finally, I am still looking for more virtual presentations to be available in the event of further changes to my programme and if have one you wish to display, particularly an unusual subject please email me. I hope to see many members at the next online meeting.

With my very best wishes,

Richard Stock FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
27th November 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 Charity Auction, held on 9th October

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Grand Charity Auction.

Over £20,000 was raised from the generosity of those who gave material for sale. Click here to see the list of prices realised.

Invoices have now been sent out, and the unsold lots, that is those not on the list of realisations, are now available for sale at the reserve (i.e. the estimated) price.

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