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'Members of the Society have are wide and varied collecting interests, which include both stamps and postal history. Some members interests are of a general type, whilst others are highly specialised. All are equally welcome. In addition, some of our members have competed successfully at National level ... Meetings are held on Thursday evening at 7.30pm, twice monthly, from September to April.'

Category Europe

'Established in its current form in 1980 for people with a love and interest in Greece or Cyprus: whether this be in Ancient, Byzantine or Modern Greece, in literature, life or the people, the Society exists to support and develop that interest ... It runs an annual programme of events from October to June ... Meetings, in the form of illustrated talks,normally take place on a monthly basis.'

Category Africa

'We plan to champion the African thought leadership through talks, debates, conferences and broadcasts from a wide range of sectors including health, environment, technology, culture, politics and business. We want to be a hub for exchanging and developing ideas, and providing a distinctly African perspective on the world.'

Category Africa

'Apart from hosting and working with regional study groups and running frequent workshops and conferences to disseminate research findings and publicise topical issues, the Centre runs a weekly seminar on Thursdays where scholars and postdoctoral researchers in Oxford and from different parts of the world present their work. The Centre also regularly hosts prominent African statesmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, writers, artistes, and others who are interested in Africa and African affairs.'

Category Europe

'French Clubs affiliated to and with talks supported by Alliance Française de Londres. Please note that admission to events organised by French Circles are entirely a matter for them and the Alliance Francaise de Londres is not responsible for or involved in admission policies to events.' (Note I have added a small number of Localities hosting 'French Clubs' but not referenced in the AFL List at the time of Review.)

'We meet on the second Tuesday of each month except August ... The Club has regularly welcomed visiting speakers who have provided varied and interesting philatelic displays, but equally it has included evenings when members could simply chat and exchange material.'

Normally meets 'fortnightly, from September until June. The meetings start at 7.30pm and are usually finished by 9.30pm. Most of the meetings start with any club business followed by a Guest Speaker and takes the form of an illustrated display. We have a half time break to take a closer look at the display and have a chance for a coffee and a chat too'.

Category America - North

'The Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies is Scotland’s only centre for American Studies. The Centre sponsors the most extensive American Studies lecture and seminar series in Scotland, which is open to academics, students and the general public.'

Category Europe

'Established to further relations between Britain and Denmark and today organises a lively programme of cultural and social events in the UK - mostly with privileged access - for Brits and Danes to enjoy each other's culture and company ... Membership is open to anybody who has an interest in and wishes to support the historical, cultural and – through our scholarship programme – educational relations between the UK and Denmark.'

Category Europe

'Founded in the aftermath of the 1912-13 Balkan Wars in order to counter anti-Greek propaganda in the United Kingdom. Dedicated to promoting Anglo-Greek understanding and friendship, the League has a long history of charitable and cultural work.'

Category Middle East

'A cultural organisation which works to further understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. We organise and promote cultural and artistic events, and host a community of like-minded resident organisations at our central London premises.'

'A small friendly club with regular display nights, talks and auctions. Come along and join us for one of our meetings. Visitors and new members always welcome.'

Category Asia

'Non-profit organisation which exists to promote a greater understanding of Asia through the sharing of knowledge. We run regular events with global leaders from across Asia, with the aim of stimulating curiosity and fostering an environment to promote the exchange of knowledge.'

Category Asia

'An independent think tank and advisory service. We work with companies and governments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, facilitating high-level dialogue, providing business and market intelligence, and driving commercial outcomes ... As part of our efforts to drive political, economic and commercial engagement between Asia and Europe, Asia House routinely welcomes world leaders and senior decision makers from governments and businesses to brief our network and participate in public events.'

Access to details of philatelic Federations, National & Specialist Societies, Local Societies: 'As not all societies are members of the ABPS it may be that their details will not be available as the records of contact, telephone and email addresses may not be recorded.'

'A collection of local societies from throughout Scotland whose aim is to further the study of Stamps, Postcards and Postal History. ASPS is formed by each society nominating a delegate who attends up to 3 meetings per year on their society's behalf.'

'Highlights what is going on with stamps, postal history and postcard collecting in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Our 24 affiliated societies offer a wide range of speakers and events covering all aspects of these hobbies and all levels of collecting. Whether you are a beginner, traditional or specialist collector, there is a club near you where you will find a warm welcome from fellow enthusiasts.'

Category Europe

'Promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and science. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, readings, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions, while also cooperating with various partners throughout the UK.'

'The Society meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month between September and May and endeavours to provide the medium through which fellow collectors can meet and enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of stamp collecting and its related fields. We foster a friendly and informal atmosphere, with the minimum necessary formality, in which both novice and philatelist alike can co-exist and thrive. The programme of events covers most branches of philately without too much emphasis on any one sphere.'

'The Society was first formed in November 1947, but declining numbers led to the society folding in the 1950’s. It was re-formed in May 1972 and thrived during the seventies and eighties, with a boost in membership coming in 1982 when the society produced a special cover to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Berwick-upon-Tweed as an English Town ... Please note - the meetings of the Berwick and District Philatelic Society are AFTERNOON meetings. Please come along to support ... members in the northernmost society in NEPA - guests are always welcome and very well looked after.'

Category Europe

'Intended as a meeting place for people of any nationality who are interested in Greece -- her language, history, culture and way of life. (Naturally we include Cyprus too!) You don't need to speak Greek, fluently or otherwise; all meetings are in English, although we try to provide opportunities for those who do speak the language to practise their skills.'

'The BAMS caters for anybody who has an interest in airmails of whatever period on a worldwide basis. All aero subjects are catered for including Air Mail History, Air Letters, Internal and External flights, Individual Airlines, Air Mail stamps, First Flights, Crash Mail, Balloons, Zeppelins, and much much more. As well as Society Meetings in London, we have meetings of 6 Regional Groups.'

Category Middle East

'Th UK’s only institution dedicated to advancing research and public education on Iraq in all areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences ... BISI has supported academic excellence and understanding of Iraq: funding projects, publishing vital research, organising conferences and public lectures, and re-training Iraq’s scholars and cultural heritage professionals.'

Category Middle East

Our Aims  'To encourage and promote interest and study of the Middle Eastern cultural region from the end of classical antiquity to the present day in particular but not exclusively through the dissemination of information and by the encouragement of co-operation amongst persons concerned with the scholarly study of the region ... We offer funding and prizes to support and recognize the best research, to which all BRISMES members are eligible to apply. We also organise public annual lectures and the BRISMES Annual Conference, which draws participants from all over the world and attracts the latest research on all aspects of Middle East Studies in Britain and beyond.'

'We are a friendly national association for stamp collectors, philatelists and postcard collectors who like to collect "thematically", that is following a chosen theme (e.g. ships, birds, medicinal plants) or relating a story (e.g. the development of the bicycle or the history of flight) ... Our aim is to give support to those wishing to embark on or expand a theme-based collection, whether it consists purely of stamps or postcards, or includes a wide range of additional material including postal history, postmarks and ephemera.'

Category Europe

'We organise a wide variety of events each year, which contribute to public education about the history, culture, economics, and politics of Germany and about the relations between Germany and the UK. This work helps to promote mutual understanding between Germany and the UK, and to strengthen links between the two countries. We welcome membership applications from anyone with an interest in Germany and in German-British relations.'

Category Europe

'Since it was founded in 1941, the British-Italian Society has worked to promote knowledge and understanding in the UK of Italian culture, including Italy’s history, institutions, way of life, language and wider contribution to civilisation ... The Leconfield Lecture is named after the first Chairman of the British-Italian Society, Hugh Wyndham, who was Chairman for 12 years in the 1940s and 1950s, and became Lord Leconfield in 1952 ... Since 1978 the Leconfield Lectures have been the main event in the Society’s annual calendar ... The lectures have always been given by a speaker of particular distinction.'

Category Africa

'Our Centre began in 1964 as the African Studies Unit, and has grown from a small cataloguing enterprise to a research centre with an annual African Studies Lecture, a regular seminar programme and an annual African Studies Bulletin.'

Category Africa

'The Centre’s primary role in the University is to undertake, promote, and support research and teaching about Africa as well as to build academic engagement with African scholars and institutions. Among the ways we do this is through intensive and dynamic seminar series, workshops, public lectures, and conferences.'

Category Africa

'The largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa. Founded in 1965 at SOAS, University of London, where its administration is still based, since 1991 the Centre has assumed formal responsibility for co-ordinating, stimulating and promoting interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on Africa within the University; and promoting a wider awareness of African issues.'

Category America - North

'The longest running Centre outside Canada ... Its research focus lies primarily in the social sciences, in Politics and International Relatoins, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Policy ... We run regular Open Research Seminars, Conferences and Special Events and Lectures throughout the year.'

Category Europe

'For all who love Italy: its culture, history, language and people ... We normally meet on a Monday, once a month.'

Founded 1959: 'The Club where you can enjoy collecting stamps. Whether you are a complete novice or an expert collector we cater for everyone. Come and hear interesting talks and displays from visiting speakers or by club members, make new friends and enjoy the wonderful world of Philately and Postcards'.

Category Middle East

'A not-for-profit cross-party organisation whose mission is to work for a British Middle East policy that promotes conflict resolution, human rights and civil society in the Arab world through informed debate and mutual understanding ... Caabu run a variety of events on issues related to the Arab World. These include regular events with leading experts. Some are public, some for members only and some exclusive briefings for politicians.'

'Our Society meets every other Tuesday at 7:30pm ... Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings. If you are a new collector or an established philatelist there is something for everyone. We are a small group with a wide range of interests and are always happy to welcome new members.'

Category Europe

'Mission is to actively promote the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture, innovations and creativity in the UK. Its programme covers visual and performing arts, film, literature, music, architecture, design and fashion, science and social innovations. As well as hosting its own events, the Czech Centre offers support for other groups organising interculture initiatives among Czech and UK partners.'

Category Asia

'Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan ... Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters, acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of lectures, seminars, book launches, courses and exhibitions as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities.'

Category Europe

'The non for profit "Societa' Dante Alighieri" was founded in Rome in 1889 with the aim of promoting Italian culture ... In Loughborough the DA Society ... has always aimed to promote and develop an interest in Italian culture and language across the local community. The Society is not just for Italian speakers and it welcomes membership from every background. Culture doesn't include only the highbrow arts, in fact we have run events that reflect Italy of the past and the present.'

Established in 1979: 'The Club's members come from a wide variety of walks of life and span a considerable age range. They have a great deal of knowledge that is always available to aid fellow members ... We always welcome visitors .... The club always has a good range of speakers along with a varied programme of events. While the subject may not always be something you consider to be interesting, you will always learn something at each meeting'.

'Dundee & District Philatelic Society is a local society (founded in 1905) and is the second oldest society in Scotland. It is devoted to the collecting and study of philately and meets regularly between September and April each year.'

'Founded in 1978 to study, record and publish information relating to the philately and postal history of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika including all of the forerunners ... Meetings of the East Africa Study Circle are held in London on Saturday afternoons in late February and late September (to coincide with Stampex) and in mid June. These meetings usually feature a presentation and display of philatelic material by one or more members, leading to a lively and informative discussion.'

Category America - North

'Our programme includes a range of events designed to illuminate all aspects of North American literature, history, politics and culture. We nurture our growing community of talented writers, thinkers and creatives through a range of awards which enable great work to happen. Our range of study resources are designed to help inspire those exploring the British Library's Canadian, American and Caribbean collections.'

Category Asia

'Launched in 2001 and, since then, has brought over 200 academics, artists and other performers from around the world to Oxford Brookes for scholarly talks and other public events.'

Category Europe

'The European Institute has one of the most active events programmes in the School, making LSE one of the leading platforms globally for informed public discussion on the history and identity of Europe, and the policy challenges confronting the EU and the UK. The EI hosts over 30 public events a year, with high-level speakers from politics, public administration, academia and the media, including presidents, prime ministers, EU commissioners, and heads of European agencies and EU institutions.'

'Exmouth Stamp Club is a small but active club of stamp collectors and postal history enthusiasts. We meet regularly in the beautiful seaside town of Exmouth in East Devon.' Club Activities include 'one monthly meeting with a programme of interest to all levels of collector. We have regular visiting speakers from nearby clubs who share their specialised knowledge of their collections with us'.

'The Club is a comfortable venue for meetings for buying and selling between members, auctions, competitions, displays and evenings with visits from a variety of experts. We are known as a friendly Club ... The Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month 7.30 pm (except August).'

'The Club meets twice a month, usually one evening of Members' displays plus an auction, and one evening with a visitor. Visits are made to other Clubs.'

'Established in 1952, the Forces Postal History Society was formed to bring together the many collectors interested in the postal history of the Armed Forces of all countries, (and United Nations), at all times, whether in war or peacetime, including the study of postmarks, cachets, postage rates, prisoner-of-war mail, stamps and stationery, censorship and the organisation of military postal services ... The FPHS usually meets on the second Saturday of each month' (in London).

'The Society provides an extensive programme of meetings in several locations, holds an annual Philatelic Weekend, publishes a well regarded and authoritative Journal and series of monographs as well as several more extensive specialist philatelic books, operates a magazine circuit, two thriving exchange packets and three postal Auctions a year. It is a friendly and informal group to which non-members are welcome to attend any of our meetings.'

Category Europe

'The Council was founded in 1972 on the joint initiative of President Georges Pompidou and Prime Minister Edward Health, in a context of a developing Europe and of an increasingly globalised community. Since then, it has dedicated itself to the promotion of a better mutual understanding and the development of joint action through bringing together leading representatives of the worlds of culture, politics, defence, science, education and business ... In the current geopolitical context and Brexit, the Council’s mission resonates even more. Now more than ever, strong ties need to continue to be built between both nations, providing even more opportunities for people to engage at all levels.'

Category Europe

'Founded in 1924, although its roots go back to the Entente Cordiale at the beginning of the 20th century, it is dedicated to encouraging closer relations between Britain and France. The Society acts as a focus for those individuals, groups and companies who wish to keep in touch with France, her culture, history and current affairs. Members receive a Programme of events by emails and via mailchimp, offering a range of educational, cultural and social activities. The members are mainly British (with some having French family connections), and sometimes French. Many are francophones, while others are not. The aspect that unites the members is an abiding interest in all things French. New members are warmly welcomed.'

Founded 1948: 'Meetings are held ... on the 2nd Tuesday of each Month, September through May inclusive starting at 6.30pm and finishing by 8.30pm'.

Category Europe

'The German Historical Institute London enables and furthers humanities research across borders ... The GHIL regularly holds lectures on topics of general interest to British and German historians ... Papers are normally presented in English; knowledge of the German language is not necessary for participation. GHIL Joint Lectures are presented in cooperation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford; Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research; and other distinguished institutions. The Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series is organised by the LBI in cooperation with the GHIL.'

'The aims of the Society are to advance the research into the promotion of German philately and to assist collectors of German philatelic material in the greater enjoyment of the hobby ... The Society has a number of regional and study groups.'

'Whether you have been a collector for years or are an absolute beginner we warmly welcome new members ... The officers, and other members of the society, who you will meet at the monthly meetings,  will help to make you feel welcome.  You will be able to get advice and help with your philatelic interests ... The meetings begin at 7.20 pm with speakers starting at 7.30 pm.'

Category Europe

'The cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility ... In the UK, we have institutes in London and in Glasgow. Both offer language courses, a range of cultural events and information services.'

Inaugurated 1955: 'Today, the Great Britain Philatelic Society has a world-wide membership of over 800 with interests spanning all aspects of GB philately. Most of the monthly meetings are held in London, with regional meetings around the country as often as possible. Overseas members frequently join UK residents at these events.'

Category Europe

'Aim is to advance the education of the public in particular but not exclusively in the historical background, culture, the economic, political, social conditions and trends in the Russian Federation and its near neighbours. The Society seeks to achieve its objectives through a programme of around 15 topical, relevant and highly informative lectures each year from leading British and international experts, and by way of the Society’s journal, East–West Review.'

'We meet once a month in central Guildford between September and May. Our annual programme includes talks about stamp collecting by expert speakers.'

'Established in 1952, Hayling Island Stamp Club is a group of collectors interested in all aspects of philately, including postal history and the social, historical and topical aspects of the hobby. Meetings include talks and presentations on a very wide range of subjects by invited experienced collectors; competitions and displays by members; an annual auction and social events. The Club welcomes new members, and can offer help, advice and encouragement to anyone who is new to stamp collecting or who might be considering returning to the hobby.'

Category Europe

'The Centre’s missions are to bring together the Hellenes of the diaspora and provide a home for the Hellenic community in London; to promote awareness of Hellenic culture in the UK; and to nurture the relationship between Britain and the Hellenic world through cultural cooperation and exchange ... The Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events, and Greek language courses to promote awareness of Hellenic culture and nurture UK relations with the Hellenic world.'

Category Europe

'Internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.'

'The Society was founded in 1966 and is one of the smaller NEPA societies, and holds regular meetings in the AFTERNOON from September through May. They are a small but friendly and enthusiastic group, even if they are not the cultural dynamic centre of the Philatelic world!!! Our society warmly welcomes new members.'

Category Europe

'We are part of the Institut français worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity ... Audiences at the Institut can keep up to date with the latest French thinking and the most recent publications in French and English translation thanks to its extensive programme of talks, panel discussions and book launches. Visitors can also take part in debates with speakers from both sides of the Channel meeting regularly to discuss a wide variety of topics or at the annual Night of Ideas.'

Category Europe

'Part of a worldwide network, the Institut français d’Écosse encourages cultural exchanges and presents the best of French culture. Enjoy our wide offer: French courses, talks, activities for kids, festivals, live music, theatre performances, library collections and film screening.'

Category Middle East

'One of the foremost academic institutions in the UK offering research and taught degree programmes in a wide range of areas within the field of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies. We offer Arabic and Middle East languages as well as comprehensive education in the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and Middle East, the history, politics, economies, societies, and anthropology of the region and almost every aspect of Islamic studies from medieval to modern Islam ... The Institute holds the Gulf Conference and a seminar and lecture series featuring distinguished scholars and public figures from the Islamic world and the West.'

Category Europe

'Ireland is an exciting, modern society with a rich culture and heritage that makes it a rewarding subject to study. We explore the fascinating history, politics, literature, archaeology, people and lessons of Ireland, from ancient times to the present day ... We host high-profile events throughout the year, past guests have included: Irish President Michael D. Higgins, award-winning writer Colm Tóibín and Snow Patrol guitarist and songwriter Johnny McDaid. We also collaborate with local, national and international organisations such as Liverpool Irish Festival, advisors to the Irish Embassy and the BBC.'

Category Europe

'The Institute of Irish Studies celebrated its 50th birthday in March 2015. It was the first centre dedicated to the study and teaching of Irish Studies to be established in the world. Today it is one of the leading centres for research-led teaching in Irish Studies and is an internationally renowned centre of interdisciplinary Irish scholarship.'

Category Middle East

'Exists to promote research relating to the Arabian Peninsula and, in particular, its archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history. It does this by ... [amongst other activities] ... organizing lectures and conferences, in particular the annual Seminar for Arabian Studies.'

Category Middle East

'Originally founded in 1911 as The Persia Society, the Iran Society acts as a forum for those who are interested in Iran’s heritage and culture. Its object is to promote general knowledge of Iran. Seven lectures a year are held between October and June on Iran’s history, culture, architecture, economy, environment and many other general subjects. The society is strictly non-political. A journal is published annually and there are occasional study days in London museums to look at manuscripts, carpets, ceramics etc. Lectures are for members only,'

Category Europe

'The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in Scotland and Northern Ireland organising a wide series of events.'

Category Europe

'The Italian Cultural Institute in London is the official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales. To this end the Institute: Organises concerts, cultural events and exhibitions ...'

Category Asia

'Established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003 ... We organise lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, exhibitions and performances.'

Category Asia

'The leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship ... The Society’s main objectives are: * To promote learning and advance education in the subject of and with regard to Japan; * To promote the study of Japan and its people in all their aspects, traditional and modern, and to make the results of such study more accessible to the general public ...'

Category Asia

'This Calendar has been established to keep people up to date on new and upcoming Japan-related cultural events in the UK.'

Category Europe

'The Greek word 'kefi', which means good humour, perfectly describes the tone of the club. We meet monthly from October to July ... About seven of our meetings centre on talks by club members or invited speakers on Greece-related subjects including for example: ancient and recent history, mythology and its impact, ancient philosophy, art and music, life and travel in Greece today and, by no means least, Greek food.'

'Founded in 1927 ... We meet on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month from September through to the end of June. Meetings start at 8 pm and we finish by 10 pm ... Members are encouraged to bring guests to our meetings ... We usually hold 20 meetings a year ... Meetings are a mixture of guest speakers, themed members events, and joint auctions with other societies.'

 

'We are a small friendly stamp and postcard club that meets in the afternoons during a season in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. We have a loyal group of members with a different level of knowledge between them all, which all goes well for new members who wish to learn. Come along have a chat and coffee see what you think, everyone welcome ... We have guest speakers from clubs all over Scotland and local members giving talks and display.'

Fortnightly evening meetings: 'Anyone with an interest in Stamps, Postcards or Postal History is always made very welcome'.

Category America - South

'As a centre for the study of the region, the LAC serves as a venue for debating ongoing research and relevant current affairs. Leading international scholars and key public figures from the region regularly contribute to the LAC’s flagship weekly seminar.'

'Our Society meets every fortnight from 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm to approximately 9:15 pm ...  Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings. If you collect stamps or postal history or are just interested, please come along and try us out.'

'If you are interested in stamps, postal history or postcards, this is the place for you. No previous knowledge or expertise required, our members range from new collectors to those with a lifetime's interest and experience. A warm welcome awaits you all at the Leeds Philatelic Society. We hold regular fortnightly meetings between September and May in the centre of Leeds. There are displays from guest speakers, visits to and from other societies, members' evenings and competitions.'

Category Europe

'Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Hungarian culture, the Hungarian Cultural Centre organises and supports a wide spectrum of innovative programmes to promote Hungarian art and artists in the UK. Our mission is to familiarise people with all the treasures of Hungary, and to highlight the values that Hungary owes to other cultures, and in turn to emphasise Hungary's key bridging role in intercultural relations and cultural diplomacy.'

'The Club holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month (unless the Monday falls into Holy Week, when it is either the 3rd Tuesday or 4th Monday) ... The main part of the evening commences at 7:45pm, when any new or outstanding business is discussed. Then our presenter for the evening takes the floor until about 9:30pm, with a short break for refreshments at an appropriate break during the talk. The meeting closes at about 10pm.'

Category Australasia

'The leading centre for Australian studies in the United Kingdom. Through interdisciplinary research and public engagement, we provide an international forum for discussion and analysis of Australian society and culture. We are one of five global institutes in the School of Global Affairs at King’s College London. Located on the Strand in central London, we are just metres from Australia House, the home of the Australian High Commission. We are named after Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978), Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. We are academically independent and have no affiliation with any political party.'

'Meetings are held at Meetings are held ... on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from September to June. Meetings begin at 7.30pm.'

'One of the largest general philatelic societies in Great Britain whose members are drawn from throughout the UK and Overseas.' Normally, meetings are held monthly in London on Saturdays with an interesting display by a guest or member.

'The Society exists for the study of the stamps and postal history of New Zealand and its Dependencies. Although the majority of our members are based in Great Britain, we have a large number of international members. All aspects of New Zealand philately and stamp collecting are dealt with by our members ... Our members range from general collectors to the top specialists in their field.'

Inaugurated as a Society in its own right in 1944: 'Meetings are held ... on the first and third Tuesdays of each Month, September through May Inclusive at 6.45pm (auctions start at 6.30pm). Meetings finish by 9.00pm'.

'The North Wales Postcard Club was established in 1980, and has members from across the region – from Anglesey and Blaenau Ffestiniog in the west, to Queensferry and Mold in the east. There is normally a speaker or other entertainment, and dealers are usually present. There is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, so come along and join us for an evening. There is also an on-going project, researching the postcards of the area. Prospective new members have 2 free meetings to test the waters.'

'Serve the stamp collecting and philatelic needs of the people of mid Cheshire ... We hold regular meetings throughout our season which runs from July to May, with a summer break each year. Most meetings feature a speaker or an event meaning a varied and informative range of meetings each year.'

'Comprised of a group of people interested in studying the many branches of philately. We are affiliated to ABPS and The Midland Philatelic Federation. We usually hold our meetings on Friday evenings in Nottingham. In the winter months (November to April) we have two meetings per month and in the summer one per month.'

'The Oxford Philatelic Society was founded in 1890 ... Evening meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month, and are at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. We also hold morning meetings in the darker months of November to March on the first Monday of the month, 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.'

'The purpose of the Society is the promotion of the hobby of philately, and assistance to philatelists, particularly in Petersfield and the surrounding area. If you collect, or are interested in: stamps, postcards or postal history at all levels then why not come along and meet like-minded people. Society meetings are normally held on the first Monday each month ... at 7.30 pm. About half of our members attend regularly, and we have a mixture of visiting speakers, competitions and other informal meetings throughout the year.'

'We meet monthly and provide a wide range of activities. There is an exchange packet, a regular bulletin (The Pinner Post), displays by members or visiting speakers on a whole range of topics, auctions, a quiz evening, competitions, a library and an annual dinner. Come and join us - visitors are always welcome at any of the meetings.'

'The Society was purportedly founded in 1876 and is affiliated to Wessex Philatelic Federation and the Association of British Philatelic Societies. Today the Plymouth Philatelic Society enjoys a vibrant atmosphere at meetings ... PPS has a varied and interesting programme of events, including presentations, an annual auction, members displays, an annual competition night and at the AGM, the committee usually entertains. The club is “forward thinking and backward looking” with a history project in being to discover our roots.'

'As one of the leading Hampshire's most active Stamp, Postal History and Postcard Societies. We offer a full programme of; talks, displays (some given by leading experts), visits to exhibitions/fairs, philatelic auctions and several evenings devoted to members' own displays. Our talks cover all aspects of Philately; Stamps, Postal History, Postcards etc., and are of interest not only to collectors but also to those interested in local history. We cater for all members, be they beginners or expert philatelists.'

Category Europe

'Offers presentations and discussions on a wide and eclectic range of Hispanic topics. Something of interest to anyone interested in all aspects of Hispanic culture and life ... The main activities of the Society are Spanish language classes and the Monthly Meetings. The meetings are a social evening, with tapas, accompanied by presentations or demonstration followed by discussions ... Our Monthly Meetings are open to anyone aged 18 or over and are conducted in English. Some Spanish may be spoken but will be translated. Non-members are very welcome to attend any meeting.'

Founded 1936: 'The objects of the Society were, and remain, the promotion and encouragement of the study of postal communications, local, national and international, to publish a journal for members and other works relating to postal history ... The Society holds meetings at various locations around the UK at which Members and guests are most welcome ... The day usually takes the format of an invited speaker in the morning and those attending have the opportunity, if they wish, to talk briefly about a subject of their choice in the afternoon'.

Category Europe

'Pushkin House is the oldest independent cultural centre - in the UK and internationally - focused on exploring Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet culture. We provide a unique meeting point and an intellectually stimulating environment for people with different views and backgrounds united by their interest in Russia’s past, present and future.'

'The Society was formed in January 1969 by a group of enthusiastic local collectors. They have had a strong membership from inception and the society is proud to have maintained an informal and friendly atmosphere at the meetings ... Meetings are held ... usually on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from September to June.'

'The Society is based very strongly on "philately is fun". We all have enough stress within our lives and we use our hobby as a form of relaxation. Meetings are structured and relaxed but never casual. Prospective members are encouraged to attend a number of our meetings to enable them to decide if they wish to join us, and when they do they become part of what is a friendly group of people with a common interest in one or more of the many aspects of philately.'

Category Africa

'We are a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through our events, publications and digital channels we share insight, instigate debate and facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa.'

Category Asia

'The Society provides a forum for those who are interested in the history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia to meet and exchange ideas. It offers lectures and seminars and it provides facilities for research and publishing.'

'Meetings are held from September to June, normally on alternate Thursdays. They are of two types: the first is of a formal nature, at which one or more papers are read accompanied by displays by individual members, and usually starts at 5 pm; the second consists of a display of stamps, postal history etc. in the frames contributed by one or more members, with or without a written paper. This meeting is open from 1 pm to 6 pm. Tea is served to members and their guests at all meetings ... It is not necessary for a prospective member to be an advanced philatelist.'

Category Asia

The RSAA’s objective is to advance public knowledge and understanding of Asia through its worldwide networks, its public events, its publications and its support to research.

'Whether you collect stamps, postal history, revenues or postcards, whether you are a complete novice or an expert we welcome everyone. Come and join us and we will help you develop your collection. Hear interesting talks and see displays from visiting speakers or by club members, make new friends and enjoy the world of philately. After every live meeting stay and join members for a pub lunch.'

'Our Society meets every fortnight, 7:15pm for 7:30pm to approximately 9:00pm ... Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings.'

Category Asia

Mission is 'to promote world class research and be a leader in the study of Japanese arts and cultures from the past to the present ...  It maintains its programme of fellowships, public lectures and international workshops as well as its commitment to the web and web publications'.

'Each year a new programme is drawn up by the Committee and includes as many different topics as time allows taking into consideration members' requests for any given subject. Included in this framework are two-monthly evening meetings where we might have a guest speaker from outside, a visit from another Philatelic Society ... Meetings are not restricted to members and visitors are always very welcome.'

Normally meet in the evening, second Wednesday of each month, with occasional talks.

'The Society was one of the three earliest societies formed in the region, with an inaugural meeting being held in March 1926 ... Meetings are held ... normally (but not necessarily) on the fourth Thursday of each Month, September through May Inclusive at 6.45pm and finish by 8.45pm.'

Category Africa

'The leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East ... With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world.'

Category Asia

'Founded in 1965 to promote understanding and friendship between the British and Chinese people. It is open to all who subscribe to these aims ... SACU aims to promote understanding: * To help the UK flourish in a world increasingly influenced by China; * To help overcome misplaced suspicion and increase understanding of China within the UK ... We encourage people to join us so they can help promote understanding. At the same time you will benefit from the following: * Exclusive Events (many are open to everyone, but some are members-only) ...'

Category Europe

'The SCRSS organises a regular programme of lectures, film shows, exhibitions, seminars and other events at its premises in London ... Events are open to both SCRSS members and non-members, unless otherwise stated ... The SCRSS was founded in 1924 as the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the USSR, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Great Britain and the new Soviet state. It has continued its work uninterrupted until the present day. The Society's founding members were a group of key British and Soviet artists and intellectuals of the day, including EM Forster, Julian Huxley, Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Sybil Thorndyke, Alexei Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Konstantin Yuon.'

Category Middle East

'Founded in 1969. Its aims are to encourage and co-ordinate scholarship on Libya and to foster relations between Libyan scholars and those working outside Libya on Libyan subjects. In this regard, it seeks through its activities to ... hold lectures and meetings for Society members and other interested parties ...'

'* A friendly society for beginners to more advanced collectors; * Weekly Day Time Meetings (September - April); * Monthly meetings of the Stamp & Postcard Club (September - April); * Speakers - We invite top speakers from throughout the UK; * Member Meetings- Opportunity to show items from your collection ...'

'Our Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month from 13:30 to 16:00 ... Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings.'

'We are one of the leading and most active societies in the area and seek to cater for everyone interested in stamps and postal history, whether they are experienced philatelists or collectors new to the hobby. Our programme covers a diverse range of activities including twice monthly evening meetings with first class speakers, auctions, bourse evenings, competitions and a stamp packet circulation. There is also an afternoon meeting each month.'

Category Europe

'The Southend Anglo Italian Circle was founded in 1993. Its aim is to foster relationships and understanding between British and Italian communities and to promote interest in Italian society, culture and language. Since its foundation, the Southend Anglo Italian Circle has striven to provide a regular programme of lectures.'

'If you collect stamps in Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire or southern Perthshire, this is the place to meet fellow collectors to discuss your hobby and collecting interests. We meet every second Monday ... Visitors and new members are always welcome.'

Started 1947: 'The membership is usually around 30-35, with over twenty regularly attending meetings. The Society has also an active stamp packet which is circulated around members in the Society and other adjacent Societies. The Society is a small friendly group of members whose collecting interests cover a variety of subjects and themes. A number of members meet up in a local hostelry after the meeting to discuss various matters and generally put the world to rights – why don’t you come along to one of our meetings?'

'Our Society meets every fortnight, from 7:00pm for 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm ... Visitors are very welcome to any of our meetings.'

Founded 1924: 'Meetings are held ... on alternate Wednesdays of each Month, September through May inclusive at 7.00pm to 9.15pm ... The active Junior Section has the distinction of having won more trophies and medals at International levels and Melville than any other society in the country'.

'If you like collecting stamps and/or postcards then the Society is the place to be - visitors welcome to all meetings.'

'The Society welcomes anyone interested in stamps, stamp collecting and postal history, from beginners to advanced. We meet twice a month from September to May on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.'

Founded 1927: 'Meetings are held ... usually on the first Fridays of each Month, September through May inclusive'.

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30p.m, usually in Newport, Isle of Wight.

'WETS is a well established group of philatelists who collect in a Thematic manner ... The group mostly draws its membership from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.'

Founded 1946: 'Our season’s meetings include talks and displays by expert philatelists on a variety of subjects, but we also have visits to and from other societies, and members’ evenings where members can show some of their own material.  There are opportunities for buying, selling and exchanging stamps and covers on club nights ... The atmosphere is friendly and informal and other members are always willing to share their expertise'.

'The Society warmly welcomes visitors, young and old to any of its meetings ... There is a wealth of experience amongst the members, who are only to happy share their knowledge with you. If you are a novice or experienced collector there will always be something to learn or share at Wirral Philatelic Society.

'Membership is open to all types of collector from novices to the advanced and the society caters for a wide range of philatelic interests. Our members collect Great Britain, Commonwealth, Foreign, Postal History and Thematic subjects and much else ... Meetings normally take the form of a short introduction followed by a talk by a guest speaker or a display by members on a particular area of collecting, with a tea and coffee break at half time.'

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