PPHSGB Events

Report on MIDPEX 2019  31st July 2019

The Polar Postal History Society has been regularly in attendance at both the annual Swinpex and the Midland Philatelic Federation’s Midpex (held every other year) for many years. Both are excellent, large, well run events, and for a collector based in the South East of England they offer a different range of dealers to those normally seen at local fairs.
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Apart from a display and society table alongside the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, a joint meeting was held at Swinpex with the FIPSG at which over a dozen members drawn from both societies attended. The gathering enjoyed a number of short displays including several superb frames of material relating to
the Polar expeditions of Hubert Wilkins, which included items from his Nautilus submarine cruise to the Arctic.

At Midpex the organisers managed to include some postcard dealers alongside the usual retailers of stamps and postal history. PPHSGB member Bill Tilbury was in attendance bringing with him a considerable amount of polar covers for collectors to browse, as well as GB dealer Dr Paul Jones who assists Herbert Lealman with the distribution of Polar Post. A mixed display of Shackleton postcards, British Antarctic Territory 1973 Explorer Definitives, and a Great Britain 1972 Polar Explorer Issue were available to view at the PPHSGB table, together with a quantity of covers for sale courtesy of our Chairman Trevor
Cornford.

Brian Clayton and Alan Squires kindly assisted manning the booth, greeting fellow members of the Society attending the show and fielding enquiries from collectors. The added man power allowed time for all of us to visit dealers and view the tables of other societies participating at Midpex.

MIDPEX 2019 PPHSGB and FIPSG stands 6th July 2019

The PPHSGB and the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group will have stands at MIDPEX 2019 in the
Warwickshire Event Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, near Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN on Saturday 6th July
2019 from 10:00 to 16:30. The event is run by the Midland Philatelic Federation and the Association of
British Philatelic Societies. It is sponsored by Cavendish Philatelic Auctions Ltd.

MIDPEX, the biennial exhibition first held in 1995 and attended by stamp collectors from across the UK, brings together Specialist Societies with local, national and international dealers covering all aspects of Philately.

This special event provides an opportunity for Specialist Societies to show off their sphere of interest to other collectors, to recruit members and identify common ground with members of other Societies. It also provides an opportunity for Societies to promote their publications and research projects and for members to meet informally, particularly those members who find it difficult to get to meetings in London.

The event on 6th July 2019 has been expanded with space for post card dealers as well as stamps, thematics and postal history. We have more dealers attending than ever and MIDPEX 2019 is going to be an event to remember!

More information can be found at the MIDPEX 2019 website: https://sites.google.com/site/midpex

STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting 31st May 2019

The joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting took place during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition, which was from 29 May to 2 June 2019 in central Stockholm. The exhibition celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of London. Find out what happened in the separate Stockholmia 2019 folder!

Stockholm-New York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight Saturday 1st June 2019 10:00

Serge Kahn gave an informative and well attended lecture Stockholmia entitled " Stockholm-New York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight". If any member missed the lecture you can see the full presentation in the Stockholmia folder.

Polar Postal History Society of GB Annual General Meeting & London Spring Meeting
Saturday 16th February 2019 at Spring Stampex in Room “F” between 12:00 and 14:00.
The Polar Postal History Society held its AGM at Spring Stampex on Saturday 16th February with a good number of members in attendance. Further details of the meeting will follow on the website and in Polar Post.

Polar Postal History Society of GB Annual General Meeting & London Spring Meeting
Saturday 16th February 2019 at Spring Stampex in Room “F” between 12:00 and 14:00.
The Secretary, Robert Hurst, announces that The Polar Postal History Society will hold its AGM at Spring Stampex, the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, England - N1 0QH. All members of the Society are encouraged to attend and are entitled to vote as necessary. Items for inclusion in the agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Robert H. HURST, 3 Bletchingley Road, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3HT, by: 1st February 2019. ( E MAIL: secretary@polarpostalhistory.org.uk).

We would like to see as many members as possible at the AGM. The Society needs your ideas and comments. If you wish yourself to be put forward or nominate another member for the committee please apply to the Secretary for a nomination form which must be completed and returned by 1st February 2019. Please note that you must have the consent of the member to be nominated and the nominated member must be seconded by another member of the Society.
Following the AGM, there will be a short time for a Bring & Buy Session. Following this, there will be time for displays. Please bring material along with you for display, even just a few sheets. Please inform Robert Hurst in advance if you intend to bring a display with you.

Agenda for the AGM

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the Previous AGM held on 17th February 2018

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes

4. Reports of Society Officers for 2018

5. Election of Committee

6. Membership Subscription Rates for 2020

7. Future of PPHSGB Residential Weekends

8. Any Other Business

19th – 21st October 2018 The Polar Postal History Society Cambridge Residential Weekend with the theme of "Americans in the Polar Regions" was enjoyed by all who attended. Some images of society members "in action" are shown below. Several of the displays featured Richard Byrd and some polar items from Byrd's expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic are featured above.  A full report of all member's displays appears in the December issue of Polar Post.

Polar Postal History Society 2018 Residential Weekend

19th – 21st October 2018  Royal Cambridge Hotel
 - Main Weekend Theme “The Americans in the Polar Regions”

2018 sees a number of eras of Anniversary of the USA in exploring, including the disputed 1908 claim on the North Pole, and 1955-58 Deep Freeze and IGY onwards. Covering this and all other possible connections with their activity seems overdue.

This can be from Postcards issued, ships in use, mail of course used on or about Expeditions – and not all on Admiral Byrd please! Photos, covers, maps, - indeed we await to see and be amazed at what attendees will bring to show and tell!

All main slots have been filled, but remember Saturday night for this and any subject of choice, your latest purchase etc. – Just bring it!

Draft Programme

FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER 2018

6pm WELCOME by the President GERRY PEARCE, drinks reception and introductions.

7pm DINNER.

9pm Approx. Introduction to the Weekend by President GERRY PEARCE, followed by:

STEVE ALLEN, “American Arctic Expeditions 1853 - 1939”.

10.15pm Approx. CLOSE after viewing and Questions, the bar is available to continue debate.

SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER 2018

7.30am - 9.15am BREAKFAST

9.30am - 10.00am BRIAN CLAYTON will present a range of ALL “Byrd material 1928-47” to start.

10.05am - 10.50am GRAHAM BOOTH will show his “BYRD DECONSTRUCTED” story.

10.55am COFFEE BREAK - AUCTION LOTS organised for viewing.

11.05am Auction Preview - time to get your bids prioritised!

11.35am SOCIETY AUCTION - BILL TILBURY as Guest auctioneer presiding.

1.00pm Approx. LUNCH INTERVAL (Time depends on auction finish).

Lunch is at your own expense. It not part of the package.

2.30pm Approx. The SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE, with a revamped Museum. The Botanical Gardens are a short walk away, as is the Fitzwilliam Museum and City centre shopping!

4pm Approx. MEMBERS BOURSE - Bring, buy and sell your spare material!

IF anyone wants a large table, please see Robert Hurst, or any Committee member.

SATURDAY continues with FREE TIME UNTIL DINNER. Rest, chit chat, shop in Cambridge, get ready for the MEMBERS EVENING SHOW.

7pm DINNER.

9pm Approx. MEMBERS ENTERTAIN YOURSELVES! Bring an interesting item of special interest, theme

ON ANY SUBJECT - share your enthusiasm! e.g. perhaps your ‘best buy’, Internet find, latest addition etc. Also, some of the RPS,L Displays from 31st May may be shown. PLEASE NOTE: Due to pressure on time, and as it is most popular, you may be limited to 9 SHEETS, and 5 minutes chat!

10.30pm CLOSE - BAR TIME!

SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER 2018

8.00am - 9.15am BREAKFAST.

9.30am - 10.30am DAVID WALKER “BYRD THE HERO" including publicity ephemera.

10.35am - 10.50am COFFEE BREAK. At your own expense.

10.55am - 12.00 RICHARD HINDLE “The BYRD Arctic & Antarctic and MacMillan STORY and postal history theme”.

12.05am ROUND UP AND ‘BON VOYAGE’: Closing weekend review, thanks and thoughts for next time!

Followed by LUNCH - Available at your own choice and expense.

AGENDA & VENUE organised by Trevor Cornford, WITH assistance from the Committee, ESPECIALLY Bill Tilbury on Auction, Robert Hurst, John Youle in general. Especial thanks to our contributors in all areas. I hope you have a good time and safe travelling.

31st May 2018: Polar Group Display at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1pm to 6pm.

This event took place on 31st May at the Royal Philatelic Society, London and presented a broad display of material of polar philatelic material. It was was an uncommon opportunity to view a variety of extraordinary Polar material at a single venue.

It was a great success and was one of the most attended events at the "Royal" held this year with over 150 visitors.

Seeing a broad display of material in this field interested those currently involved in Polar Philately, but also attracted many visitors with a curiosity or developing interest in Polar Philately.

Read more in the Royal Philatelic Society Polar Group Display section!

31st May 2018: Polar Philatelic Display at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1pm to 6pm.

This event is essentially for Fellows and Members of the RPSL but members of the PPHSGB who are not members of the Royal are cordially invited to attend. However, you MUST contact Robert Hurst or Trevor Cornford to get on the Register for guest entry if you are not a member of the Royal.

List of the Displays

Allen, Steve - 3 x 12 sheets The Heroic Age of Norwegian Polar Exploration

Blechschmidt, Frank - 2 x 12 sheets The British Antarctic Territory 1962-1980

Bringer, Daniel - 1 x 12 sheets Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04

Bringer, Daniel - 3 x 12 sheets Swedish South Polar Expedition 1901-04

Cornford, Trevor - 3 x 9 sheets Scott

Hammond, Marc - 2 x 12 sheets Bouvet Island

Hindle, Richard - 4 x 9 sheets Amundsen’s Northeast Passage Expedition 1918-25

Kahn, Serge - 1 x 12 sheets Dumont d’Urville Helps Reveal Antarctica

Kahn, Serge - 2 x 12 sheets French Participation in the 2nd IPY 1932-33

Kraus, Jiri - 4 x 12 sheets Search and Discovery of Antarctica

Losserand, Pierre - 1 x 12 sheets France during the IGY in Antarctica

Manzati, Claudio - 4 x 12 sheets North Pole Russian Drifting Stations: NP1 to NP16

Maselis, Patrick - 1 x 9 sheets Expédition de Gerlache 1897-1899

McMillan, Robert - 3 x 12 sheets Norwegian Whaling Mail

Murguet, Christian - 3 x 12 sheets The Antarctic expeditions 1897-1913

Murguet, Christian - 2 x 9 sheets Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition 1910-12

Nicklas, Siegfried - 3 x 12 sheets Early German Antarctic Expeditions

Osborne, Hugh - 1 x 12 sheets South Shetlands Postal History to 1934

Osborne, Hugh - 3 x 12 sheets South Georgia Postal History from 1883

Vogel, Hal - 1 x 12 sheets The Wilkes Antarctic Expedition

Vogel, Hal 3 x 12 sheets Pre-WWII Polar Lighter-Than-Air Flights

Wiskin, David - 2 x 9 sheets Shackleton

17 February: PPHSGB AGM and Spring Meeting at Spring Stampex in Room “F” from 12:00am to 14:00pm.

The Secretary, Robert Hurst, announces that The Polar Postal History Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Spring Stampex, the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, England - N1 0QH. All members of the Society are encouraged to attend and are entitled to vote as necessary. Items for inclusion in the agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Robert H. HURST, 3 Bletchingley Road, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3HT, by: 1st February 2018. E MAIL:- hurstfamily.robert@ntlworld.com

We would like to see as many members as possible at the AGM. The Society needs your ideas and comments. If you wish yourself to be put forward or nominate another member for the committee please apply to the Secretary for a nomination form which must be completed and returned by 1st February 2018. Please note that you must have the consent of the member to be nominated and the nominated member must be seconded by another member of the Society.
Following the AGM, there will be a short time for a Bring & Buy Session. Following this, there will be time for displays. Please bring material along with you for display, even just a few sheets. Please inform Robert Hurst in advance if you intend to bring a display with you.

Agenda for the AGM

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the Previous AGM held on 18th February 2017

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes

4. Reports of Society Officers for 2018

5. Election of Committee

6. Membership Subscription Rates for 2019

7. Any Other Business

20th to 22nd September 2013 - The PPHSGB Diamond Jubilee Residential Weekend at the Royal Cambridge Hotel (Cambridge UK)

The PPHSGB Residential Weekend, the fourth to be held at the Royal Cambridge Hotel, was a great success with over 40 members and partners present either as residential or day visitors. It was particularly pleasing to see so many visitors from outside the UK with members present from Germany, France, Australia, Belgium, Norway and Sweden. Articles on the Weekend and the displays will be published in Polar Post starting in December 2013. Particular thanks go to Trevor Cornford, Robert and Nikki Hurst and Bil Tilbury for all their hard work before, during and after the Weekend. My thanks (J.H.Y.) also go to Daphne McMillan who is writing up the displays for Polar Post.

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