The Group holds London meetings twice yearly, in April and October. Meetings are informal, and usually start at 1.00 pm. with a live auction and are followed by displays by members on a set theme or topic. It is a good opportunity to discuss the material displayed and ask questions about any aspect of Sudan stamps and postal history. Non members are most welcome at a meeting if they are interested in joining.
Meetings are preceded by a Committee Meeting starting at 11am.
Meetings are held at the offices of Spink at 69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET.
The next meeting will be in London on Saturday 30 April 2016, at Spink in Southampton Row. The topic will be “Essays, Proofs, Colour Trials and Designers of the pre-Independence period and will be led by Richard Stock. Auction viewing will start at 1pm.
The following meeting will also be at Spink’s premises on Saturday 8 October 2016. The topic will be “Official Stamps” and will be led by Derek Barker. Auction viewing will start at 1pm.
A highlight of the Group’s activities is the conference held every two years; usually at a hotel in the Shires (recently we have been on the outskirts of Derby). It gives members and guests the opportunity to participate in a specific study topic, to view and discuss displays by leading Sudan philatelists and postal historians, display items from their own collections, take part in a competition, live auction, bourse and exchange information during a residential weekend. Importantly, the Conference provides much information for future articles in the Camel Post.
The next Conference will be again in Derby on 21-23 April 2017. It will be the 40th Anniversary of the SSG and we will aim to make it especially good.
Report of the previous Conference
The Sudan Study Group held its biennial Conference at the Morley Hayes near Derby over the weekend of 17 to 19 April 2015. Apart from the conviviality of like-minded enthusiasts getting together, there was the serious business of philately which included the following displays from members:
Travelling Post Offices (Martin Kuriger); Heroes of the Sudan (Colin Narbeth); Oddities that Grabbed my Attention (Jack Davies) and Meter Marks (Gwynne Harries).
The Study Topic was Postal Stationery which was ably lead by Paul Grigg, during which we covered all aspects from the Provisional Overprint stationery through to the 1950s. Several uncommon overprints were discovered and a host of new early/late dates of usage were catalogued.
Paul Grigg inspecting Postal Stationery items
Andy Neal presented the major display which related to all aspects of Telegraphs from the British Military Expeditions of the late 1800s through to the changeover from Military to Civilian Telegraphs. Additional material was added by Derek Barker and Richard Stock.
Derek and Richard also covered mail from the port of Suakin as a topic display and Richard gave a further presentation of the 1962 pictorial definitives which demonstrated just how many shade, paper, watermark and perforation variations there are.
The Norton Collier Trophy competition was squeezed into the timetable and this time went to Richard Stock for his postal history entry: Operations in the Eastern Sudan 1884-85.
Richard Stock – proud winner of The Norton Collier Trophy
We found time for the AGM too and ended the weekend with a lively Bourse and Auction.
Busy at the Bourse
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