RPSL aims to preserve society records


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02 August 2021
The Royal Philatelic Society London will be hosting a special talk on philatelic clubs and societies in September, whilst the experts at the organisation are also inviting philatelic societies to submit their records and ephemera.

The Royal Philatelic Society – the home of the John Sacher Library and the Spear Museum of Philatelic History – includes in its collections many items relating to the history of philatelic clubs and societies.

These include specialist and local, enterprise and educational, past and present organisations, which have formed the backbone of British Philately since its beginnings in the 1860s.

Chris King FRPSL will be making a presentation on 28 September 2021 at 2pm at 15 Abchurch Lane on: ‘Clubs and Societies: Organising UK Philately – The first 150 Years.’

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Chris explained: ‘We are hoping this will be a hybrid event with guests able to attend in person at Abchurch Lane, and via Zoom. We want to preserve this history and to make it better known, not least amongst philatelists.

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‘The Royal is always interested in providing a new home for Society records, and this includes pins and badges, medals and awards, programme cards and stationery, as well as minute books and agendas.

'There’s fascinating and unexpected material to be found – such as the great packet fraud in Brighton a hundred years ago, and the amazing work done by the Herts Philatelic Society during the First World War. So, if your society is looking for a home for its past records and ephemera – or current material that you think should be preserved, please let Nicola Davies know.’ 

You can contact Nicola Davies, Head of Collections at the RPSL, on email: [email protected]