Programme of Events

To be held at 15 Abchurch Lane, London.
During London 2020, the Royal Philatelic Society London is hosting a full day symposium for those who work, volunteer and research in philatelic libraries around the world to share their ideas about the future.
Past President of the RPSL and former Head Curator of Philatelic Collections at the British Library, David Beech MBE FRPSL, will be chairing the event. Papers are invited on any aspect of the opportunities and challenges facing philatelic libraries.
For more information or to be added to the mailing list please contact the event organiser, Nicola Davies (RPSL Librarian), at


(Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatéliques)

8 May 2020 at 15 Abchurch Lane, London


Today the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) is perceived internationally as the centre of excellence in philately. Since its foundation 150 years ago, publishing lecture manuscripts and in that way widely advertising the Society’s expertise has been a key concern in its policy.


Over the last few decades, the number of offprints has increased considerably, as modern technical possibilities allow authors to prepare their own “papers” to accompany displays and presentations given to the Society. These handouts distributed at the meetings are significant contributions to literature, as many of them include valuable material for philatelic scholars and collectors. The forthcoming open symposium will be organised by the AIJP for the benefit of the RPSL and will focus on handouts and their historical evolvement and importance.

The program has been worked out by Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL, and the AIJP is indebted to him for his service.

09.00  15 Abchurch Lane, Doors Open

    • Registration for the Academy
    • Coffee


10.00 Opening of the Academy

    • The President of AIJP, Wolfgang Maassen RDP FRPSL


10.10 Opening Key Note Speech by Wolfgang Maassen RDP FRPSL

Publications of The Royal Philatelic Society London

      • Historical Perspective
        • Categorisation
        • Evolvement
        • Milestones
        • The Crawford Literature Medal and Awardees

11.15 BREAK

11.30 Academy Key Note: Philatelic Handouts – an International Perspective
by Tomas Bjäringer RDP Hon. FRPSL and Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL

    • Historical Perspective and Evolvement
      • Categories and Identifications
      • Philatelists and Profiles
      • Examples


12.30 LUNCH

14.00  The AIJP Congress 2020

    • Registrations of Members
      • Meeting Proceedings


15.00 END