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 2023-2024 Session

The full meeting programme for the 2023-2024 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.

The Stuart Rossiter Memorial Lecture

The Stuart Rossiter Memorial Lecture will be at 5pm on Wednesday 15 May 2024, at the Royal Philatelic Society London.

The speaker will be Simon Martin-Redman FRPSL. The title of his lecture is
"Postal History – Which is more interesting, the postal aspect or the history aspect?"

Under the revised FIP Postal History Guidelines (May 2022) a Postal History exhibit should "generally emphasise rates, routes, regulations, markings, usages, and other postal aspects, services, functions, and activities related to the history of the development of Postal Services".
Who wrote the letter, why the letter was written and the contents of the letter are of much more interest, probably, to the majority of collectors. It is suggested that the "romance" of the cover is more compelling than just the rates and routes, etc. This lecture will try, by showing examples, to justify this hypothesis.

Entry is by ticket; please book by emailing Rex Dixon at
The event is free and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

The Society at Stampex 2023

The Society had a stand at Stampex 2023. You can watch a short video about this here.

President’s Newsletter

So far we have had two excellent presentations in the New Year, both on very different and diverse subjects and both by presenters who "held" the room. They were "Ocean Letters" by Luc Selis and "Express Mail" by Julian Tweed. This made the question and answer session a joy to oversee as there were so many in the audience who had taken a real interest in the topic. I am pleased to say that the relative informality of the session helped and it became very "chatty".
It's that time of year when all around us is dark and miserable but not necessarily so elsewhere in the world and certainly not so in the southern hemisphere. Two of my friends, Hugh Osborne and Stefan Heijtz in the Falkland Island Philatelic Study Group and of course the Royal are staying at the Old Post Office in West Falkland during February where there are but a handful of other residents and vast tracks of land populated chiefly by sheep and a few cattle. It is Summer though, with blue skies and relative warmth; such a contrast. The Falkland Island Philatelic Study Group look forward to meeting them again in March for the residential weekend; you never know what "goodies" they bring back.

The Old Fox Bay Post Office

The Old Fox Bay Post Office as it is today with Post Box and the flag pole with the Falkland Islands flag.

The Survey

Work continues on the follow up to the survey; many of the attributed comments have been answered individually by members of the most relevant committees. Where comments were not attributable this is of course not possible. I have set up a further follow up group to carefully consider the marketing aspects surrounding the survey feedback. The most important one of these is the web site. I am pleased to report that considerable progress has already been achieved in preparing the design of a more up to date, dare I say modern, new site. I have been very pleasantly surprised at some of the talent we have in our membership. I think it will be possible to achieve our goals before the end of 2024 but to do so at a fraction of the cost we had at first thought. More on this later in the year.

The Mystery Item from January

You will recall I that I illustrated a "stamp" in last months newsletter. I had a handful of negative replies but two positive ones suggesting it might have originated from a Prisoner of War Camp in Burma or Indonesia. Although no more information was forthcoming, it is interesting to note that this rang true with the owner of the item. If any of you have anything further to add, I would be very happy to hear from you.

What’s on in February at the Royal?

6 February 2024 at 3pm: A Zoom presentation by Paul Watkins on "Occupied France in WW2"

8 February 2024: A 1pm display by members of the West Midlands Region, organised by Gerald Marriner, assisted by our Hon Secretary Steven Harrison.

22 February 2024: A 5pm presentation by Gordon Eubanks on "The 1847 Issue of the United States of America."

10 March 2024: I also give advanced notice of a joint meeting of the Royal and the Society of Postal Historians which is due to take place in the North West at The Firs, Bowdon, Altrincham. This is being organised by Martin Davies; you will all have received a recent reminder about it.

Best wishes to you all


Mike J Y Roberts FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
31st January 2024

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.

Nominations for Officers and Council

Nominations are invited for the Officer posts and places on the Council of the Royal Philatelic Society London. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, Steven Harrison.

Completed forms must be returned to the Honorary Secretary by 31 March 2024.

Positions will be confirmed, by a vote if necessary, at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 June 2024.
Steven Harrison FRPSL
Honorary Secretary


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 Spring 2024

Logged in RPSL members can read the Spring 2024 edition of ABPS News online.


The Devonshire Bowl & Plate

The One Frame Competition took place on Thursday 6th July 2023.

Click here for details and the results.

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