The MSG visit to the British Library Philatelic Collections 25th April 2012
by Susan McEwen
David Beech, head of Philatelic Collections talked about the roles of the Collections: to acquire, conserve and make available to interested Philatelists, the world wide range of collections they now hold.
We learnt about conservation, and the use of Acid free paper, we saw and smelt examples of what happens if you use non archival plastic. The result is disgusting ! a foul acidic smell and far worse the colours on the stamps run destroying the stamps. Don't forget to look at & download David Beech's paper on conservation below.
We saw many unissued stamps, unique proofs and design work. Plenty of discussion about what we had seen resulted in an overrun - but our hosts David Beech and Paul Skinner were tolerant and we thank them both. Some of the photos of our visit are on this website.
The MSG features in the 'Philatelic Collections Newsletter Spring 2012' which is being distributed widely around the philatelic world.
This visit was arranged as the MSG is about to publish a new book 'Malaya in the British Library Philatelic Collections' listing all the Malaya there, and illustrating many unique and marvelous items.
will be more about that on this site soon.
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