London 2010: Festival of Stamps to Also Feature Exhibitions & Events Around the UK
One of the major events of the year will take place between May 8th-15th 2010 when the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. Doors will be opening at 10am every day until 6pm (5pm on final day).
According to the event website, the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition has been granted full FIP Patronage as a World Exhibition, and all the competitive part of the exhibition will be run according to FIP standards. The contract for FIP Patronage was officially signed at the St Petersburg International Exhibition. There's sure to be some amazing exhibits among the 1,200 frames (which will rotate displays half way through the exhibition meaning 2,400 frames will be viewable).
For me, personally, the major event that I'm looking forward to is being organised by the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) and the Royal Philatelic Collection who are working together with the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London to run an event titled "Empire Mail: George V & The GPO". This promises to be a unique exhibition that will explore the reign of King George V.
The exhibition is scheduled to open on 7th May and run until 25th July 2010 at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London. According to the event's website, the items on display will comprise of a unique collection sourced from the treasures of the BPMA and the Royal Philatelic Collection, including a display of exquisite stamps and stamp artwork.
These landmark events are expected to be just the tip of the London 2010: Festival of Stamps iceberg as the organisers are appealing to everyone interested in stamps and philately to get involved. Additional participating venues already include the British Museum, the British Library, the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lords, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Bletchley Park, Bath Postal Museum and Twickenham Rugby Museum among others. The festival will also have a much wider national dimension via special stamp shows run in conjunction with regional federations of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS).
Collectors looking to acquire items related to the event can already start buying items. I have noticed a few limited edition London 2010 "Smilers" sheets being offered for sale online and the British Postal Museum & Archive is releasing a series of postcards to raise awareness about the 2010 event. Each postcard features eyecatching items from the BPMA philatelic collection such as unadopted stamps against the backdrop of the artwork or photography they were based on. The third card will be released soon at Autumn Stampex later this month. Read more about the London 2010: Festival of Stamps BPMA postcards.
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