This show is an innovation in the international philatelic calendar.

2015 will be the first year since 1934 when a major international philatelic exhibition is held in London outside the ten-year cycle established in 1940. This is also the first exhibition in London that will take place with the patronage of FEPA, the Federation of European Philatelic Federations.

Why are we holding this exhibition? In the first place 2015 is the 175th anniversary of the first issue of adhesive postage stamps. This was a great British invention that revolutionised communications and changed the lives of people around the world. It is hard to imagine the world before 1840 when communication was so expensive as to be limited to a small section of society. In an age when communication is more important than ever, this invention deserves to be celebrated.

2015 is also the 125th anniversary of the first international philatelic exhibition held in London. In May 1890, an exhibition was organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the Penny Black and they have become a regular feature of the philatelic landscape ever since then.

Coincidentally LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX will also be the fifteenth international to be held in London.

How could we miss the opportunity to hold No. 15 in 2015?