Key Dates: 13-16 May 2015

Location: Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK

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News release

 April 2015

 World’s Oldest and Most Historic Letters Come to London

 Philately Gets Everywhere!

 Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon, the American War of Independence, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V’s proclamation to the City of Augsburg, and General Gordon’s defence of Khartoum. These are just a few of the world’s major historic events that are brought vividly to life at Europhilex 2015, Europe’s largest philatelic exhibition in London next month.

On display will be an unprecedented collection of documents and philatelic memorabilia that records, not only the development of the postal system that we know today, but also some of the most important events in world history.

The largest philatelic exhibition in Europe since 2010, Europhilex will also celebrate the 175th anniversary of the introduction of the Penny Black, the world’s first ever postage stamp.

Visitors to London’s Business Design Centre (Islington) between 13th and 16th May, will have an almost unique opportunity to view the ‘tax stamps’ that led to the American’s Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Holy Roman Emperor’s Augsburg proclamation in 1551, together with documents such as Robert the Bruce’s letter conceding lands in return for arms to fight for Scotland’s independence in 1326; Edward Seymour, the Lord Protector’s desperate plea for funds, with a number of high profile signatories, on behalf of his young nephew, King Edward VI, in 1547; correspondence from Gordon in Sudan; and of course one of the five letters that Neil Armstrong sent from the Moon to relatives and friends.

Some 300,000 stamps in total, worth around £50 million, will also be on display, including, not only the Penny Black, but also Europe’s most expensive stamp, the 1857 Swedish three skilling banco yellow, valued at £2.5 million.

At the same time, the exhibition tells the story of the creation and delivery of written documents, from the clay tablets sent by Mesopotamians in 3000 BC, to the establishment of the Post Office in 1635 under Charles I, the invention of the postage stamp in 1840, and the delivery of mail from the Moon in 1969. Included is one of the oldest known privately-owned parchment letters, written in 1190.

Other fascinating historical artefacts on display are the first document to have made the transatlantic crossing, in 1512, just 20 years after Columbus; letters carried by the first ever postal service, established by the Tassis family to aid communication within the vast Habsburg empire in the late 1400s; Mulready ‘prepaid’ envelopes, developed at the same time as the ‘Penny Black’; the first air mail, carried by balloon in 1786; and the recently unearthed printing plate for the first stamps of Mauritius, the first British colony to issue stamps. Intriguing tales of mail and message delivery during wartime and other historic events are also recounted in detail.

Around 20,000 visitors are expected at Europhilex 2015, which will host nearly 400 exhibitors.

Notes to editors

Media conference

 Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in room C at the Business Design Centre, Islington, at 9.00 am on 13th May, the first day of Europhilex.

Exhibition opening times

Wednesday 13th May 2015: 1000 – 1900 – entry £10 per person all day

Thursday 14th May 2015: opening times: 1000 – 1800 entry free

Friday 15th May 2015: opening times: 1000 – 1800 entry free

Saturday 16th May 2015: opening times: 1000 – 1700 entry free

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 Well known collectors include Nicolas Sarkozy and Janet Yellen (President of the Federal Reserve). Owners of great collections, although not collectors themselves, are HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert of Monaco.

International Philatelic exhibitions have been held around the world since 1890. The most recent was in Bangkok in 2014 and the next, in 2016, will be in Singapore.


4 March 2015 – Seminar Programme Announced

Visitors to London 2015 Europhilex at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington, on 13 to 16 May, will be able to participate in a full programme of seminars.

Every day on the Royal Mail stand there will be seminars on stamp production, stamp design, stamp printing and the British Postal Museum & Archive, at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm respectively.

Four seminars, organised by FEPA on Wednesday and Thursday, will look at ways of developing exhibits of Postal History, Traditional Philately, Open Philately and Thematic Philately. These will be presented by Jorgen Jorgensen, Richard Stock, Graham Winters and Bernard Jimenez respectively.

Also on Thursday, Hugh Jefferies will look at the 150 years of the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, while Wolfgang Maassen, on behalf of AIJP, will tell about forgeries of philatelic literature.

Finally, on Friday, the Confederate Stamp Alliance will present four seminars, every half hour from 11am, on ‘Civil War, The Prize Court’, ‘The Bryant/Stephens correspondence from Florida’, ‘The Postmasters’ Provisionals of the Confederate States’ and ‘The De La Rue Stamps of the Confederacy’.

All the seminars are open to all (subject to room being available), with full details available at

15 January 2015 – Jury announced for London 2015

The Jury has been announced for London 2015 EUROPHILEX, the international stamp exhibition being held at the Business Design Centre in London on 13 to 16 May.

The Honorary President is José Ramon Moreno, with President, Francis Kiddle,

Vice Presidents, Jussi Tuori and Dr Wolf Hess, and Senior Consultants, Dr Alan Huggins and Bernard Jimenez. The Secretary to the Jury is Jonas Hällström.

The judging team comprises Mehmet Akan, Boncho Bonev, Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, Robert Dedecker, Premyslaw Drzewieckl, Christine Earle, Jonas Hällström, Chris Harman, Dr Wolf Hess, Francis Kiddle, Mordecai Kremener, Dr Pal Lippai, José Ramon Moreno, Per Friis Mortensen, Robin Pizer, Sherif Samra, Jesus Sitja, Joao Soeiro, Michael Smith, Ivar Sundsboe, Brian Trotter, Jussi Tuori, Wolfgang Weigel, Richard West, Robert Wightman, Fredrik Ydell.

The apprentice jurors are Thomas Hoepfner, Jukka Makinen, Ari Muhonen, James Podger, with Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi as an observer.

The Expert Team comprises Chris Harman, Dr Alan Huggins and Lars Peter Svendsen.

The exhibition will include over 370 entries covering all the major classes in international philately.This will be the 15th international stamp exhibition staged in London, the first being 125 years ago in May 1890.

14 January 2015 – Thematic competition will be held in Essen

The organisers of London 2015 EUROPHILEX have teamed up with the European Championship of Thematic Philately (ECTP) which will be the thematic arm of the London exhibition.

The ECTP exhibits will be shown as part of the 25th International Stamp Fair to be held from 7 to 9 May in Hall 1A, Messehaus Süd of the Messegelände in Essen (admission free). There will be more than 600 frames of thematic exhibits on display. Further details are at

The thematic exhibits will be judged to international standards in eight sections: Arts and Culture; History and Organisations; Man and Everyday Life; Sport and Leisure; Transport and Technology; Medicine and Science; Animals and Plants; Agriculture and Pets. In addition there will be a Champions Class for winning entries from ETCP in 2006 to 2013.

The winning (champion) entry in each of the eight sections, plus the best entry in the Champions Class, will be shown at London 2015 EUROPHILEX taking place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London on 13 to 16 May.

In addition London 2015 will include exhibits in all the international competitive classes. The exhibition falls in the year that marks the 175th anniversary of the introduction of the world’s first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and Twopenny Blue, the 150th anniversary of the first Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogue, and the 125th anniversary of the first London International.


1 December 2014 – Tickets available for opening day

The doors of LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX will open at 10am on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington.

Tickets, at £10 each, for the first day are now available by visiting the website The link will take the buyer to Eventbrite, enabling payment to be made to PayPal using a credit or debit card. A receipt will be issued, which should be printed off and brought to the exhibit where it will be exchanged for an official ticket. The first day tickets have been sponsored by international philatelic auctioneer, Christoph Gärtner.

Those without access to the internet, or who prefer not to pay by credit card, can send a cheque payable to London 2015 to Mrs Deborah Gooch, London 2015 Europhilex, Greystones, Green Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2BX, England. Such applications will be acknowledged and a voucher sent, which again can be exchanged for a ticket at the door. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the acknowledgement and voucher. Please note that lost vouchers will not be replaced.

Tickets will also be on sale, by cheque or cash, from the London 2015 stand (Stand 118) at Spring Stampex (18 to 21 February 2015, also at the Business Design Centre).

The exhibition will close at 7pm on 13 May. On all other days, admission will be free. The opening hours will be:

Thursday, 14 May from 10am to 6pm;

Friday, 15 May from 10am to 6pm;

Saturday, 16 May from 10am to 5pm.

The LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX exhibition will mark not only the 175th anniversary of the world’s first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and Twopenny Blue, but also the 150th anniversary of the world’s leading stamp catalogue published by Stanley Gibbons.


6th October 2014 – Spectacular material brought together

See Attached London2015_PressRelease_061014


18 June 2014 – Massive Collector Interest in LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX

There has been overwhelming interest from exhibitors in next year’s international exhibition in London.  When applications closed earlier this year there were 520 applications to show exhibits from 36 different European Federations. This added up to a total of 2,438 frames requested.  In addition more than 100 literature entries have been received.

The Chairman, Bill Hedley, said that he felt humbled by the response which proved that collectors across Europe were delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit in London.

Bill added that the link with the European Championship for Thematic Philately (ECTP) had been extremely helpful in managing the demand for frames and thanked the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V. for their cooperation. The ECTP will form the thematic arm of London 2015 EUROPHILEX and will provide about 600 frames for thematic philately, for which applications are now open. It will be held in Essen, Germany from 7-9 May 2015. The winning entries in nine classes will be displayed in London.

With 2000 competitive frames, London 2015 EUROPHILEX looks set to be the most important philatelic event of the year.

The number of applications presented a massive challenge as constraints on space at the Business Design Centre and frame equipment mean that a maximum of 1,430 frames can be accommodated.  This is despite the fact that all the available halls have been booked for the exhibition.

The selection committee decided that the fairest way of selecting exhibits was to accept broadly the same percentage of frames from each Federation, which equated to about 60% from each country. The same criterion was used across the various display classes where for example approximately 60% of Traditional and 60% of Postal History applications were accepted. All Youth and Literature exhibits were accepted.

The Commissioner General, Frank Walton, commented: “ It was a very difficult job to decide which applications to accept, and we regret that many exhibitors will be disappointed not to have been selected. It is however really exciting to know that a major exhibition in London is hugely supported by the collecting community”.

The LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX exhibition will be held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 13– 16May 2015.  A full list of accepted exhibits will be posted shortly at


29 May 2013


 LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX, the international stamp show being organised by Stamp World Exhibitions, will take place at the Business Design Centre, London on 13 to 16 May 2015.

The leading European auctioneers, Heinrich Koehler and Corinphila, have been appointed as official auctioneers for the event. The Koehler and Corinphila companies are part of the Global Philatelic Network that includes H R Harmer in the USA and John Bull Stamp Auctions Ltd in Hong Kong.

The European Philatelic Federation (FEPA) has given patronage to LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX and the exhibition has also received recognition from the International Philatelic Federation (FIP). The competitive part of the exhibition will be for affiliates of FEPA. The occasion will provide a great opportunity for visitors from around the world to meet in London and build their collections.

A first-class auction will encourage visitors to come to the event and the offer from Koehler and Corinphila to stage it at the Business Design Centre towards the end of the exhibition was gratefully accepted. Further details will be published nearer the time.

Further information about the auction can be obtained from Heinrich Koehler ( or Corinphila (

For further information about LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX, visit


24 April 2013


LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX international stamp show is pleased to advise that the rules for competitive exhibits are now available at

LONDON 2015 will be held at the Business Design Centre, London on 13-16 May 2015 with patronage from the European Federation of Philatelic Associations and recognition from the world philatelic body FIP. There will be 1,400 frames for competitive exhibits in the following classes: Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Thematic Philately, Open, Revenues, Postal Stationery, Youth Philately and Literature. Frank Walton is the Commissioner General and Commissioners have now been appointed by almost all the members of the European Federation.

The application form to enter the competitions can be downloaded from It should be submitted through the National Commissioner in each member country. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.

The exhibits will need to have achieved the required standard to qualify for entry. This is that the exhibit should have achieved at least Vermeil in five frames at a national exhibition. The last opportunities to qualify in the UK will be at the national exhibition Autumn Stampex on 18-21 September 2013.

LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX is the only European international show planned in the next few years. Take full advantage of this opportunity and apply to enter!

Bill Hedley

Chairman, Organising Committee, LONDON 2015 EUROPHILEX


27 August 2012:

London 2015 gets FEPA patronage

London 2015 Europhilex, the international stamp exhibition to be held on Wednesday, 13 May to Saturday, 16 May 2015, has been granted patronage by FEPA, the European Federation of Philatelic Associations. The exhibition has also received recognition from the International Federation of Philately, FIP.

The exhibition will be held at the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington, a familiar venue for those who visited the highly successful London 2010, and Stampex staged there twice a year.

Already many leading names in the philatelic world have booked stands, and there will be a major presence by Royal Mail.

There will be 1,400 frames of competitive exhibits. Countries across Europe are being invited to nominate Commissioners who will bring a wide variety of fascinating material to be shown at the event.


The full press pack will be available for download in due course.

Further information can be obtained via the link on the contact page .