The seven shortlisted books have been announced. The winner will be revealed at the end of the Festival on 28th June.


The first Crawford Medal,
awarded in 1920 to
Hugo Griebert for
“The Stamps of Spain 1850-1854”
now held at the Society in the
Spear Museum of Philatelic History

About the Crawford Medal

The Crawford Medal is a silver-gilt medal awarded for the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form during the relevant period. This medal is open to world-wide competition and has been awarded by the Society on 89 occasions since the first award in 1920.

The medal is named after James Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford, who by the time of his death in 1913 had amassed the greatest philatelic library of his time. The library was bequeathed in its entirety to the British Museum and is today held at the British Library in London.


The Festival

This is a free two-day event, of presentations and discussions about philatelic journals, being held at the Royal Philatelic Society London at 15 Abchurch Lane.

The Crawford Festival is open to everyone, both RPSL members and non-members. To reserve your place via Eventbrite click here.

On Tuesday 27th June

10:15-10:30 Coffee & Registration
10:30-10:45 Welcome from Chris King, Chairman of the RPSL Collections Committee
10:45-12:15 The Big History of Small Journals by Daniel Piazza, Chief Curator of Philately, Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum
12:15-13:15 Philatelic Research For and Using Journals, by David Beech
13:15-13:20 Clash of Empires: the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
13:20-14:15 Lunch (a buffet lunch will be served in the Dr Paul Ramsay Room)
14:15-15:15 Starting to Write Journal Articles, by Susan Taylor and Lawrence Grech
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:45 Tapling Winners' panel discussion, with their tips about what makes an award-winning philatelic article: Anthony Bard, David Beech, Robert Galland and Richard Scott Morel
16:45-17:00 Final thoughts for the day.

On Wednesday 28th June

10:15-10:30 Coffee & Registration
10:30-10:45 Welcome from Nicola Davies, Head of Collections, RPSL
10:45-12:15 An overview of the challenges in translating articles for philatelic journals, by Chris King
12:15-12:30 Launch of an RPSL book about the Pacific Steam Navigation Company by Mike Roberts
12:30-14:00 Lunch (a buffet lunch will be served in the Dr Paul Ramsay Room)
14:00-15:30 Philatelic editors' panel discussion: Anthony Bard (The London Philatelist), Wendy Buckle (Themescene), Claudio Manzati (Post Horn International), Robert May (Cameo), Guy Thomas (Stamp Magazine).
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:30 Announcement of the winner, and presentation of the Crawford Medal
Concluding remarks & save the dates/topics for the next two Crawford Festivals
17:00-18:00 Drinks & nibbles

The Shortlist

Title: Portuguese India : Postal History and the First Issues from the "Natives" to 1900
Authors: Barreiros, Luis & Barreiros, Eduardo
Publisher: RPSL
Publication Date: 2022
Details: Hardback, 380p, ill., 30cm
ISBN: 9781913015183

Title: Postal stationery of Denmark: the bi-coloured issue 1871-1905, volume 1: the production and varieties; volume 2: the usage.
Author: Engelbrecht, Lars
Publisher: Engelbrecht, Lars
Publication Date: 2021
Details: Hardback, 417p; 418-848p, ill., 31cm
The original Danish title is Danmarks Helsager – den tofarvede udgave1871-1905.
ISBN: 9788797144138

Title: Stamp Taxes in Nevada
        Volume I Silver Fever! Nevada Territory Stock Certificates, 1863-4
        Volume II Adhesive Revenue Stamps of Nevada, 1865-1873
        Volume III Chronological/Geographic Analysis, 1863-1873: "Ghosts of the Glory Trail"
        Volume IV An Illustrated Census of Documents Bearing Nevada State Revenue Stamps, 1865-1873, by
                          Type and Tax Rate

Author: Mahler, Michael
Publisher: Michael Mahler Paper Trail Publications
Publication Date: 2020 (Vols. I & II), 2021 (Vols. III & IV)
Details: Hardback, ii+193p; ii+175p; ii+433p; ii+184p, ill., 29cm
ISBN: I : 9798769311536  II : 9798769386244  III : 9798753201546  IV : 9798772766026

Title: Postal Routes to the Dutch Possessions in West Africa, West Indies and Suriname 1652 to 1919: a Guide to Dutch Maritime Mail
Author: Påhlman, Sven
Publisher: RPSL
Publication Date: 2021
Details: Hardback, xiv, 276p, ill., 31cm
ISBN: 9781913015138

Title: The British South Africa Company King George V Admiral Stamps
Authors: Spivack, David & Reah-Johnson, Stephen
Publisher: RPSL
Publication Date: 2021
Details: Hardback, xii, 656p, ill., 29cm
ISBN: 9781913015169

Title: Rhodesian Philately to 1924: the British South Africa Company Period
Authors: Trotter, Brian, Hoffman, Colin & Flanagan, Patrick
Publisher: RPSL
Publication Date: 2021
Details: Hardback, x, 718p, ill., 29cm
ISBN: 978913015121

Title: The Inks of De La Rue & Co. and their introduction of synthetic and aniline ingredients c.1850-1910
Author: Young, Peter
Publisher: RPSL
Publication Date: 2021
Details: Hardback, xviii, 414p, ill., 29cm
ISBN: 9781913015091