THE PHILATELIC TRADERS’ SOCIETY LAUNCH NEW CONCEPT STAMPEX SHOW
In partnership with our sponsor Spink, the Philatelic Traders’ Society are delighted to announce that Autumn Stampex will be going ahead in a new concept, look and feel show. The show will run from 29th September to 2nd October at the Business Design Centre in London – all government guidelines relating to COVID-19 will be adhered to and additional safety precautions will be in place to reassure visitors attending this world-class philatelic event. Since the last physical Stampex in Autumn 2019, and learning from the global success of two Virtual Stampex events also sponsored by Spink, the Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) has been working hard behind the scenes to strengthen and reshape the physical show with new ‘zones’ and additional concepts to really bring all aspects of collecting to life. For those who are unable to visit London, the PTS is proud to announce that some parts of the show will be available online, giving collectors all around the world the chance to get involved in Stampex International. PTS Chair Suzanne Rae comments, “Our mantra for Virtual Stampex was Buy, Learn, Sell, Connect and Enjoy. We have taken this concept and worked hard on creative ideas and applied them to the physical show. More will be revealed in due course but expect the unexpected. We have developed zones, exhibitions, art displays, interactive workshops, talks, tours and more to bring the very best of philately to this world class philatelic event.” So what can you expect?
Stands: New Dealers, Auction Houses, Societies and Philatelic Services
All stands at the show are now situated on the Mezzanine and in the Gallery Bays. You’ll find over 70 PTS Members including some of your favourites like Spink, Royal Mail, Stanley Gibbons, BB Stamps, Mark Bloxham, Michael Chipperfield, Thematix, Benstamps, Andrew J Lajer and more. Lots of different activity is taking part at the show: Bill Barrell will be hosting Mike Williams on his stand, and David Feldman SA will be presenting the “Imperium” collection of British Guiana. You will also find some new names including Tony Lester Auctions, BEHR and The Joy of Stamps.
Stampex Talks in the Spink Auditorium
After the success of Stampex Talks at Virtual Stampex, you’ll now find a unique zone for to hear from some leaders within the philatelic community as they chat about their collections, offer insight into the hobby and teach us something new. Watch this space for exciting sessions like ‘Learn how to be an Auctioneer’ and ‘Expertising’. The Auditorium is proudly sponsored by Spink and we are delighted to be partnering with the British Library, The Royal Philatelic Society London, Bill Barrell and Spink as well as others.
At Stampex, you’ll find a dedicated area where you will be able to meet members of The Royal Philatelic Society London and PTS Members, who will be on hand to help answer your questions about
collecting. This ‘Collectors Lounge’ area will also be home to exhibiting clinics and more.
Our Youth Zone will be celebrating postcard and Postcrossing World Postcard Day. We will also be
working with Stamp Active and others to bring this area to life for children and teenagers. Highly
topical, with the Postal Museum’s current temporary exhibition, Wish You Were Here, celebrating
151 years of the British postcard (see their article on page 70)!
Digital Shopping Zone
If you want to avoid the crowds and browse even more philatelic treasures then head to our new digital zone, which will include an interactive shopping wall, with QR codes direct to your favourite
Museum of Philately
The Museum of Philately is a unique digital platform that captures and preserves award-winning
collectors, collections and rarities, as well as providing the facility to track provenance and pricing
information. This is a rare opportunity to see the Museum brought to life in physical form, and find
out more about what they do.
Exclusive Art Exhibition
Spink will be holding a display of work by Ann Carrington. The use of discarded, found and multiples of objects is a fundamental element of Carrington’s practice. Mundane objects like knives and forks, barbed wire, pins and paintbrushes come with their own readymade histories and associations which can be unraveled and analyzed if rearranged, distorted or realigned to give them new meaning as sculpture. Ann is inspired by stamps and has created several stamp-related pieces. Ann is a world-renowned artist with commissions from Royal Mail, Victoria & Albert Museum, UN, Elton John and many others. In 2012 she designed The Royal Jubilee Banner for the Queen in celebration of her diamond Jubilee. Her work will be displayed on the Spink stand throughout the show.
PTS Collector Handbook 2021 and Show Guide
After the success of the first PTS Collector Handbook in 2020, the PTS will be launching the 2021 Edition at Stampex, available alongside your Show Guide from the new Welcome Desk on arrival at the show.
As an international society that prides itself on innovation, community and professional expertise, the PTS seeks to make philately accessible to all. While the fullest experience will be at the Business Design Centre in London, the PTS recognises that not everyone will be able or willing to travel this year so some parts of physical Stampex will be available live online during the show. With so much to do, Stampex Online will be available throughout October so you can also catch up on anything you have missed.
Please visit www.stampexinternational.com/tickets – Opening Day tickets for Wednesday 29th September cost £10.00 per pass (which includes your copy of the PTS Collector Handbook and Show Guide) and Days 2, 3 and 4 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) are FREE ENTRY. Online tickets are available for £5 per person (exchange rate applied where pounds sterling is not the default currency) and allows you exclusive membership to the online elements of the show, including real time access to the live Stampex Talks, exclusive videos and show tours, special offers from PTS Members as well as the online PTS Handbook and Show Guide.
Dates for the diary
Show reveal: We will be hosting a show reveal live on Facebook with our key partners on 4th September 2021 – visit @ptsandstampex to find out more. Keep an eye out for more activity to be confirmed, and for further information on the show or to be first to hear the latest news, sign up to our e-newsletter at www.stampexinternational. com/signup. If you would like to book a stand, visit www.thepts.net/bookastand or contact the team to find out more.