Most/All likely to be cancelled

Programme of Events at London 2020

Sat 2 May11:00Opening CeremonyBDC - Exec Room
Sun 3 May12:00-1:50pmFEPA Youth SeminarBDC
Sun 3 May4-6pmEDITION D'OR book launch by the Global Philatelic NetworkBDC - Exec Room
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
Tues 5 May10:00-12:00Jury feedback to Exhibitors (1st half - Postal History, Revenue, Open, Picture Postcards, Postal Stationery, Modern and part of Youth)BDC
Wed 6 May10:00-12:00FIP Traditional Commission MeetingBDC
Wed 6 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Revenue Commission MeetingBDC
Thurs 7 May10:00-11:50amFIP Literature Commission MeetingBDC
Thurs 7 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Postal History Commission MeetingBDC
Thurs 7 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Thematics Commission MeetingBDC
Fri 8 May2:00-3:50pmFIP Postal Stationery SeminarBDC
Fri 8 May6pmLondon 2020 Awards Ceremony Guild Hall
Sat 9 May10:00-12:00Jury feedback to Exhibitors (2nd half - Championship, Traditional, Aerophilately, Thematic and the rest of Youth)BDC
Sat 9 May11:00London 2020 Worldwide Rarities Auction - The ERIVAN Collection - 2nd Auction presented by the Global Philatelic NetworkBDC - Exec Room

Programme of External Events

David Druett has organized a restaurant meal for the evening following our Society meeting at the show at Konaki Restaurant, Coptic Street, WC1A 1NH.

Details here:

Now that we have a firm date I hope it will galvanise members into thinking about how each one of us could help the cause by donating some material for auction, helping with the organisation , or perhaps most important of all spending some money at the auction. Bidding will be possible remotely or by prior ‘postal’ bids, aa well as in the room where we expect to have fun.

We are extremely grateful for recent donations during the Christmas holidays and indeed most grateful for every donation small or large and in cash or in kind that we have had since the start, but I am afraid we still need an average of £250 per member to finish the appeal. A couple of items in your duplicates box may well help us to reach our target at 2020. Please consider helping in this way and sending your contribution to Tomorrow’s Royal, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW.  If you wish to speak with me about a donation, a gift of material or the naming of a space or item please send me a text and I’ll call you back: +44 (0) 7771563552.

Many philatelic items will be on show at the RPSL stand at 2020, more quirky items like a Coronation chair or a piece of the red carpet used by Her Majesty the Queen at the opening may be viewed at no 15, Abchurch Lane.

Peter Cockburn FRPSL, Chairman Fund Raising Committee.

The Society will hold a dinner at Kilis Restaurant in Islington for members and guests only.

For more information, contact John Davies. Email:

Wednesday 6th May 2020 at RPSL, 15 Abchurch Lane, London. EC4N 7BW.

Booking is now open for places at the International Philatelic Libraries’ Symposium to be held during London 2020.  The programme is as follows:

Copyright and Philatelic Libraries

Professor Charles Oppenheim, visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Scotland.

The Library and Research Facilities at the RPSL: a case study on moving and designing a library.

Nicola Davies, Royal Philatelic Society London.

Case study of the role of a library in a major philatelic research project in Finland.

Ari Muhonen, University Librarian of the Jyväskylä University, Finland.

Timeline of Philatelic Literature, 1830-1875.

Don Heller, Penn State University & former Trustee American Philatelic Research Library.

The Istituto di Studi Storici Postali “Aldo Cecchi”. History, Heritage, Activities.

Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, Istituto di Studi Storici Postali.

Philatelic Auction Catalogs:  Challenges and Opportunities.

Robert Gray, Collectors Club New York.

Special meeting of the Philatelic Librarians’ Roundtable/ roundup of the days’ discussions.    

Open to members and non-members of the Philatelic Librarians’ Roundtable.  Chaired by Scott Tiffney, Director of Information Services/ Librarian at the American Philatelic Research Library.

Tickets are free and open to anyone interested in philatelic libraries and literature.  Booking is essential either via Eventbrite or by contacting Nicola Davies at

We look forward to welcoming many of our international friends and colleagues to what promises to be a lively and informative day of discussion and ideas.

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.

To be held at the RPSL, Abchurch Lane to commence at 9:30