British Society of Russian Philately

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British Society of Russian Philately
FoundedOctober 31, 1936
FounderDr Alfred Henry Wortman
Typenot-for-profit organization
FocusPostage stamps and postal history of Russia
OriginsThe Russian Study Circle
Area served
Methodmeetings, journal, auctions, exhibits
300 – Half live in the United Kingdom
Key people
Alan Blunt, president
membership fees
WebsiteBritish Society of Russian Philately
The cover of part 6 of Stamps of the Russian Empire used abroad by Tchilinghirian & Stephen.

The British Society of Russian Philately is a philatelic society dedicated to the study of postage stamps and postal history of Russia and Russian-related countries.


The society was founded in 1936 by Dr A H Wortman (7 Sept. 1898 - 15 Jan. 1983) who was its first president. He remained a member of the Executive Committee until he died. Initially the society was known as The Russian Study Circle.

Other presidents have included Dr Raymond Casey,[1] Herbert Roy Chamberlain and George Henderson.


Meetings of the society are held five times a year in London and also in several regional areas.


The society offers various services, such as auctions, expertization of stamps, exchange packets, use of the society’s philatelic library, philatelic book reviews, and upcoming show/exhibition listings.


A regular journal is published.

In 1960, S.D. Tchilinghirian and W.S.E. Stephen won the Crawford Medal of the Royal Philatelic Society London for their work Stamps of the Russian Empire used abroad which was issued in parts over several years.[2]


The society is administered by a set of officers, including president, secretary, treasurer, librarian, journal editor, exchange packet secretary, auction secretary, publicity officer, newsletter editor, expertising committee secretary, Russia consultant and representative in North America.

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  1. ^ "Dr. Raymond Casey". BJRP 100. British Society of Russian Philately. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ The Society's medals and honorary fellowship by The Royal Philatelic Society London, 2009, p. 3.

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