According to info received by StampNews.com 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 is London 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 revolutionized 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 organized 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.
Here is the list of special events that will be held throughout the show:
- 'PHILATELIC EVENTS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD'
Spectacular rarities in the Special Exhibits Room on Gallery Level
- Special Display by the Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA)
Gems of Confederate Philately, Gallery
- Special Display by David Feldman SA
The 1847 Mauritius 'POST OFFICE' printing plate, recently re-discovered after 80 years, Gallery
- Demonstration of Sperati Printing Press
- Interactive display of original Penny Black dies
At the British Postal Museum and Archive stand on the Gallery level.
- Competitive Exhibits, and winning thematic exhibits
- Reading Room
Literature exhibits displayed in the Reading Room, sponsored by Stanley Gibbons, at the rear of the Mezzanine Floor.
It will be a tremendous response from exhibitors across Europe to this exhibition with more than 2,400 applications for the 1,400 frames available. So it will be a great chance to see what today's European exhibitors can offer, as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and acquire new material.
Sourced by london2015.net/programme/