by Jennifer Flippance, 2010 Exhibitions & Project Manager
Why not try something a bit different this year? All over the UK, as part of the London 2010: Festival of Stamps, member federations of the ABPS (Association of British Philatelic Societies) are holding special stamp shows.
The first of these, WestBex10, takes place this Saturday, 27 March, at Thatcham in Berkshire. Click here for full details of the show.
The next special show is the 81st Scottish Congress in Perth, 16-17 April. Click here for full details
These regional shows feature a wide range of activities with a broad appeal. You can browse the dealers’ stands, attend a local society meeting or view the fascinating displays and some shows also have activities for children.
One highlight at many will be the valuation roadshow. Do you have old stamp collection at home? Perhaps you inherited it from a relative. Why not bring it to be valued by the experts on hand during the day?
The BPMA has been getting involved by developing a small display and also sponsoring a rather unusual competition. At each show, the winner of the ‘BPMA Award’ will be chosen by you, the visitors. Everyone who attends will receive a voting slip to nominate their favourite stamp display at the show. The winner of this public vote will receive this handsome trophy, engraved with the London 2010 logo.
Almost all the shows have free entry and many also have free parking. Refreshments are available to buy.
For the full listing of 19 shows and details of what you can expect from each, click here http://www.london2010.org.uk/abps
The Association of British Philatelic Societies is the national organisation catering for the needs of federations, societies, collectors and others interested in stamps and philately throughout the British Isles.