Countdown to London 2020 stamp exhibition begins


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02 November 2018
The organisers of London 2020, the major international stamp show set to take place in the UK's capital in May 2020, have revealed details of the event, which will boast 2,750 frames of competitive philatelic material.

London 2020, or to give the event its full name the 'London 2020 Specialised World Stamp Championship Exhibition', will take place at the Business Design Centre between 2 and 9 May 2020.

An international stamp exhibition is held in London every ten years, and London 2020 is set to attract collectors, enthusiasts and stamp professionals from around the world.

The event has philatelic patronage of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) and recognition from the Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA), whilst Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has granted her patronage to the exhibition.

A comprehensive philatelic exhibition

There will be 2,750 frames of competitive material at London 2020. The event will feature thousands of frames of stamp and postal history exhibits, bringing together some of the rarest and renowned collections from around the world.

As at London 2010 there will be a change-over of material in the frames after four days.

The competitive classes will be:

  • Championship
  • Traditional
  • Postal History
  • Aerophilately
  • Revenue
  • Postal Stationery
  • Thematic
  • Literature (including digital)
  • Open
  • Modern
  • Picture Postcards
  • Youth 

This will be a true international exhibition, with over sixty countries having already appointed commissioners. 

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Stamp and postal history dealers’ stands

A range of traders, auction houses and philatelic societies will add to the global event's appeal. A spokesperson for London 2020 said:

'The exhibition has already sold 97% of the commercial booths to retail dealers, auctioneers, postal administrations and other stakeholders in philately. The organising committee is hugely grateful for the wonderful support and encouragement that has been provided by the British Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS).'

London 2020 official catalogue

The team behind the allaboutstamps website and Stamp Collector magazine are delighted to be working closely with the London 2020 organising committee on the official show catalogue, which will be available at the event and exclusively distributed with Stamp Collector magazine in the lead-up to the event.

The catalogue will feature details of the thousands of competitive exhibits on show, information on every stand-holder, and details of the many events taking place across the week.

Stamp Collector editor Matt Hill said:

'We're excited to be working with the London 2020 team on what will be the only official publication for this major event. The catalogue will give visitors all the information they need to make the most of this celebration of stamps and stamp collecting, but it will also be a souvenir of the show. Indeed, many philatelists collect these publications as a record of the event.'

How to get involved with London 2020 and keep updated

Sign up via to receive newsletter updates about the progress of the Exhibition and receive important announcements as they are made.

You can help support the exhibition for as little as £250 and receive a range of exclusive gifts and invitations. See the London 2020 website for details.

This show is organised and run solely by volunteers.

If you can assist in any way, e.g. mounting exhibits, staffing the enquiry desk, giving general admin support, etc. please contact Mike J. Roberts FRPSL by email on [email protected] . (Kindly note that two different people called Mike Roberts are involved on the Organising Committee).

We'll continue to update collectors on London 2020 as the event gets nearer.
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