Programme of London 2020 Events

Sun 3 May12:00-1:50pmFEPA Youth SeminarBDC
Sun 3 May6pmLondon 2020 Volunteer's reception sponsored by Cavendish AuctionsBDC
Mon 4 May12:00-1:50pmFEPA postcard SeminarBDC
Mon 4 May14:00-16:00FIP Astrophilately Commission MeetingBDC
Wed 6 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Revenue Commission MeetingBDC
Thurs 7 May10:00-11:50pmFIP Literature Commission MeetingBDC
Thurs 7 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Postal History Commission MeetingBDC
Fri 8 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Postal Stationery SeminarBDC
Fri 8 May6pmLondon 2020 Awards Ceremony Guild Hall

Programme of External 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

Society of Postal Historians Dinner (for SPH members and their guests only) at Trinity House at 6.45pm

Monte Carlo Club Dinner at time and place in the City yet to be confirmed


(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

The President’s Dinner will be held at the Guildhall in the City of London, EC2P 2EJ on Friday the 8th May 2020.  It will be preceded by a reception in the Old Library at 6 p.m. which includes presentation of the major awards for the London 2020 International Exhibition. Dinner in the Great Hall will follow at 7.30 pm.

This event will complete our 150th Anniversary celebrations in the magnificent setting of the Guildhall in the City of London whilst coinciding with the London 2020 International Exhibition.  It is an excellent opportunity for Fellows and Members worldwide to socialise and renew friendships.  I hope to see you at this important gathering.

Ordering and paying for tickets

There are three types of ticket:-

Ticket Type Price £
Reception only 20
Dinner only 135
Reception and Dinner 150


Fellows and Members may order tickets:-

  1. via the shop on the RPSL website: (you need to be logged in as a member to purchase tickets) or
  2. in person at 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW or
  3. by telephoning the RPSL office on 020 7486 1044 and selecting option 1 to speak to a member of staff.


Please pay for all tickets at the time of booking by one of the following methods:-

  1. credit or debit card or
  2. cash (£ sterling) or
  3. sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank


Please inform the office (by email or telephone) of any dietary requirements and the names of any guest(s) you have invited.

Collection of Tickets 

All tickets will be available for collection at the RPSL stand during the London 2020 Exhibition at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH from Tuesday 5 May 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020 between 10.00 hours and 18.00 hours each day except Friday 8 May when tickets must be collected before 15.00 hrs.