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.

The King William Street Pedestrian Priority Project
Impact on Access to Abchurch Lane

A major project will be undertaken during the summer and autumn of 2024 and the first quarter and second half of 2025 covering King William Street, Lombard Street, Cannon Street and many of the lanes that connect them including Abchurch Lane.

This will mean that there will be road closures due to roadworks. Access during these times will be for pedestrians only, with very limited access to vehicles.
Here are the key dates that will affect deliveries and access to the RPSL’s premises. Please note there are more roadworks going on across the ward that may restrict access coming into the area if travelling by car, and all the buses in the area may be on diversions.

Closure of Abchurch Lane:
18 June 2024 to 2 July 2024
21 February 2025 to 7 March 2025
Closure of Lombard Street (also the King William Street dates shown below will affect access to Lombard Street)
2 September 2024 to 13 October 2024
Closure of Cannon Street eastbound (including access to Abchurch Lane)
28 February 2025 to 2 March 2025
Closure of King William Street:
28 February 2025 to 2 March 2025
7 March 2025 to 9 March 2025
14 March 2025 to 16 March 2025
19 September 2025 to 28 September 2025
3 October 2025 to 5 October 2025
26 October 2025 to 28 October 2025
Further information about the King William Street project is available from the Corporation of London, Candlewick ward website:

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.

Society Medals 2024

The recipients of the Society's medals for 2024, ratified by Council, are as follows:
The Tapling Medal for the best article or supplement published in THE LONDON PHILATELIST:
Ulf J. Lindahl FRPSL for his article Restoration of the Ethiopian Posts: 1941-1952
The Tilleard Medal for the best 1pm display given to the Society:
Peter Chadwick FRPSL for his display Great Britain Postal History Prior to 1840
The Lee Medal for the best 5pm presentation:
Howard Hughes FRPSL for his presentation The Maltese Cross
The Lee Medal for the best online Zoom presentation:
Steven Harrison FRPSL for his presentation The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain
The London Medal for exceptional service to the Society:
Paul Leonard FRPSL for work within the Expert Committee
Eric Hutton FRPSL for work as a volunteer
Alex Haimann FRPSL for the production of the “Clash of Empires” exhibition.

Congratulations to all the medal winners. More information about the medals can be seen here.

Fake stamps being sold by rogue firms in Britain

Chris Harman RDP, Hon FRPSL, Past President of the Royal Philatelic Society London and Chairman of the Expert Committee, met with Matthew Allwright, BBC Watchdog presenter, and helped confirm that some stamps sold by a Post Office were fake, and that a stamp that Royal Mail had identified as being a fake was actually genuine.
This was as part of a BBC Watchdog programme on the subject of how there has been a rise in complaints that stamps bought from legitimate stores are being deemed to be counterfeit, and anyone receiving a letter with a fake stamp is charged £5 by Royal Mail.
You can watch the key parts of the programme on YouTube here.

President’s Newsletter

Having returned from a memorable trip to Westpex, I was so pleased to receive the news that HRH King Charles III was to be our Patron. I must say, I have never received so many e-mails in response to the news that I was able to impart.

Tickets are now available for my Presidential dinner at the Stationers' Hall in the City, which will be held on Wednesday 23 October 2024. To book seats at the dinner, please go to the following link: President's Dinner Tickets.
Please email regarding any food allergies/requirements and a list of your guest names if booking more than one seat.

We have just been able to enjoy two very different and truly outstanding displays by Pat Grimwood-Taylor, who presented on Iceland, and last week from Lars Böttger, who had put together a wonderful 1pm display of outstanding collections of Luxembourg. Both of these have never been seen at the Royal before; many congratulations and thanks.

Looking forward to June

On Thursday 13 June, we have Daniel Ryterband giving us a 5pm presentation on the United States Civil War. The photo above depicts the view from Little Round Top, the advantageous gun position used in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
Further events this month are:
On Tuesday 4th June, we will have the final Zoom presentation of the season on 'Numeral Cancels' presented by our Vice President, Simon Richards FRPSL. You can book for this on Eventbrite at

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 27th June at 4.30pm.

Two events are of particular note. The third Crawford Festival will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday 25 and 26 June. This promises to be a very interesting event with a host of special speakers. To book please follow this link to Eventbrite.

And finally there is The Devonshire Bowl on Thursday 4th July, our one frame competition organised by Alan Holyoake. Please consider entering if you have not already done so. You can find further information and the application form on the website here.

Very best wishes


Mike J Y Roberts FRPSL
The Royal Philatelic Society London
3rd June 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 over 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.

2024 Annual General Meeting

Logged in RPSL members can read the Reports and Papers for the Society's 2024 Annual General Meeting online.

The Devonshire Bowl & Plate

The 4th Devonshire Bowl and Plate One-Frame Competition will take place on Thursday 4th July 2024.

Click here for details and the application form.

The Society at Stampex 2023

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


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.


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