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GBPS Programme 2020-2021

PLEASE NOTE that meeting details for the 2020-21 GBPS season are provisional, as whether the meetings can go ahead will depend on the Coronavirus situation at the scheduled date.

Saturday 12th September 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmThe RPSL Expert Committee
Chris Harman RDP FRPSL
Saturday 26th September 2020
Penny Lilac Day
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amThe Inland Revenue 1d Lilac
Chris Harman RDP HonFRPSL
2:15pmMembers' Displays - The Penny Lilac (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your interesting 1d Lilac material and bring it along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal.

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to help speed up planning the running order on the day so please email the Meeting Manager, Steve Teuma, via meetings@gbps.org.uk or ring Steve on 01394 246224 with brief details.
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Autumn Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmMembers' Displays - The Penny Lilac (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your material related to the 1d Lilac and bring it along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal. Do you have interesting 1d Lilac material – imprimaturs, controls, proofs, varieties, unusual usages, etc.?

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to Andy to help speed up planning the running order on the day so please email him via programme@gbps.org.uk or ring on 020 8542 4226 with brief details.
Saturday 10th October 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmMembers' Brief Displays
The FgGB (Germany) and the GB & Commonwealth PS (Switzerland)
Saturday 17th October 2020
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amG.B. to and through France before 1875 (details)
Alan Kelsall
Alan says: "Having maintained a general G.B. collection all my working life, some 25 years ago I decided to concentrate a little more on an area which attracted me. Hence I looked a little more closely at mail from G.B. to France. I split the collection into subjects - for no particular reason and this has evolved into the present display. The first part looks at pre Napoleonic and some post 1815 mail. The sections that follow include Late Fee mail, Registered, Redirected, unstamped and stamped mail used prior to the General Postal Union in 1875 – a good point to draw the line.

The second part looks at the problems of crossing the Alps during the same period. This includes mail sent to Italy and beyond via the Mont Cenis road, rail and tunnel and the growing need for speedy routes to the East. I deviate slightly by illustrating the need for the construction of Aachen Bahnhof on the border between Belgium and Prussia and examine the routes and destinations following from this. I finish by returning to France and the Alps. Throughout I give information on routes and rates, but the display does not attempt to cover all the detail on what is a very wide subject."
2:15pm40 years of British Internal Airmails (details)
Peter Lister FRPSL
Peter says: "The display will cover the first forty years of airmail, starting with the pioneer period from 1910 to 1933 then continuing with the individual airline companies, many of which were very short lived. Proofs of the companies' labels will be displayed along with time tables and dispatch dockets plus pilot signed covers. The coverage will also include the Scottish airmails as many emergency flights took place, and a crash. A small study of the Lanark air meeting of 1910 will also be shown although no mail was carried but a Grandstand postmark was used."
Saturday 7th November 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmImprimaturs and the Post Office Telegraphs
Ian Pinwill
Saturday 21st November 2020
KGVI and QEII Wildings Day
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amMembers' Displays
2:15pmMembers' Displays
Wednesday 9th December 2020
Stanley Gibbons Christmas Evening Reception
Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)
6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members
Saturday 12th December 2020
Virtual Meeting
Online meeting - contact zoom@gbps.org.uk for URL
2pmChristmas Quiz and Humorous One Page Members' Presentations
Howard Hughes
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amNapoleonic Prisoners of War
Richard Farman
2:15pmSociety Competitions: Lee, Willcocks, Jones, Macpherson and Overseas awards (details)
Followed by display of Competition entries and judges' critique (entry details)
Saturday 20th February 2021
Spring Stampex Meeting
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
2:15pmBritain's First Commemorative Stamps
Mary Pugh
Saturday 20th March 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amQV Mixed Franking Covers (details)
Ray Simpson FRPSL & Karl Louis FRPSL
Ray says: "This display is all about Victorian stamps. Or maybe postal history. Or perhaps bits of both. Whatever your verdict on that, this display is wide-ranging, beginning with 'mixed frankings' on covers from the 1840s through to the beginning of the KEVII period and the first mixed-reign frankings.

Throughout, the focus is firmly fixed on transition from one issue or type of stamp to its successors. So you will see 1d Blacks used with 1d Reds and 1d Pink postal stationery uprated with various adhesives. Technical developments like perforation spawned examples of perforated stamps used with imperforate stamps. The introduction of adhesive embossed and surface printed stamps in the late 1840s and 1850s widened the range of stamps in circulation and created conditions for some surprisingly rare and unusual frankings. Progressive changes to the check letters on the surface printed stamps, and colour changes, led to a range of mixed frankings, some of the rarest of which will be on display.

Also covered will be the major change from line-engraving to surface printing for the lower value stamps, and also the raft of technical and administrative developments in the early 1880s, all illustrated with stamps of different types and origins used together on the same cover. High-value stamps used with Jubilee and other stamps will be displayed, and the show will conclude with examples of mixed-reign frankings, many of them surprisingly scarce.

The display will start with a PowerPoint introduction and commentary, supported with something in the region of 160 sheets of real live covers."
2:15pmMembers' Displays - Mixed/Unusual Frankings (any reign) (details)
This is a call to dig out from your collections your covers with mixed/unusual frankings and bring them along to show to members. 1-2 frames (of up to 16 sheets per frame) are ideal. Do you have mixed reign frankings, unusual combinations, mixed pre-decimal & decimal frankings?

Please bring something along to show. As always, advance notice of what you plan to bring (type of material and quantity) is useful to our Meeting Manager, Steve Teuma to help speed up planning the running order on the day, so please email him via meetings@gbps.org.uk or ring on 01394 246224 with brief details.
Saturday 17th April 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amStamps Issued in Rolls - KGV to QEII
David Poynton
2:15pm£sd Regionals 1958-1971
Trevor Shimell
Saturday 22nd May 2021
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amThe President's Display: The British Stamp Office - Revenue Stamps from the 17th Century to the 19th Century
Chris Harman RDP HonFRPSL
2:15pmThe Past President's Display: A Jubilee Reminiscence - A Philatelic History of the 1890 Penny Postage Jubilee (details)
John Davies FRPSL
John says "The display will feature the display 'A Jubilee Reminiscence' telling the story of the 1890 GB Penny Postage Jubilee. The collection has achieved several Large Gold Medals and was awarded 'Best in Class' at the Stockholmia International Exhibition last year.

The events, which included major exhibitions at the Guildhall and South Kensington Museum, were important for the introduction of Great Britain's first commemorative postal stationery. The celebrations also led to the first International Philatelic Exhibition as well as the first decorative handstamps in GB.

The collection features a wide selection of different types of material including stamps and postal stationery, essays, proofs and ephemera, so, there should be something of interest for all."
Saturday 12th June 2021
SWINPEX Meeting
Venue to be confirmed
2:15pmMembers' Displays
Saturday 26th June 2021
AGM Meeting
Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
11amThe President's Guest: The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain (details)
Steven Harrison FRPSL
Steve Harrison is one of GB's leading philatelists as both a collector and contributor to organised philately. Amongst his various interests he has a specialised collection of GB registered mail. As an organiser, he is the current Chairman of the Midlands Philatelic Federation, a Council member of the Royal Philatelic Society and Vice Chairman of ABPS amongst others. In the latter role, he has served on the organising Committee of the ABPS Congress for some years. He already had a good collection of related material to Congress but, in 2019, he acquired the substantial collection of Colin Searle. This subject brings together both aspects of Steve's personal involvement in philately. As a result, Steve will now be giving the presentation on 20th June.

The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain was first established in 1909 in Manchester and has been held every year (some War years excepting) since. In many years, the signing of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists has also taken place at Congress. It took place first in 1921 at Harrogate, so 2021 will see the 100th Anniversary of the RDP ceremony. Alan Huggins and Chris Harman, Past Presidents of the GBPS, have both become RDPs over the years.

Congress has been remarkable in different ways, both for the range of philatelic material that has been issued over the years but, also for the way it has impacted philately in the UK. Steve will tell the story of the evolution of both aspects in his display which must be the most comprehensive that exists outside of institutions with many unique pieces.
2:15pmAGM (followed by Members' displays)
Wednesday 11th August 2021
Stanley Gibbons Summer Philatelic Gathering
Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)
6pmEvening Reception and Standing Displays by GBPS members