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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.


The MSG visit to the British Library Philatelic Collections 25th April 2012

by Susan McEwen

10 MSG members had a most enlightening, enjoyable and productive visit to the British Library Collections on Wednesday 25th April.

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.

Then in happier mode we saw some of the many wonders in the Crown Agents Stamp Albums, the Foreign and Colonial Collection, the Tapling collection and the Crown Agents Proofs collection. Tapling is viewed as the Founder of the Philatelic Collections, his bequest in 1891 was the first collection donated to the British Library, and it one of the few collections of that era still intact. Fascinating not only for what it has but what it doesn't have, as this tells us about what was and what was not available in the 1890s.

A small part of the Collections are on permanent public display in the Gallery but the majority of the material is only available on request.

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.

There will be more about that on this site soon.

Go to www.bl.uk then search on Philately to see more about the Collections.








pdf icon Save your own collection - Download David Beech's Paper on Philatelic Conservation, presented to the Philatelic Congress in 2005


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