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The B.P.A. Expertising Educational Charity

Charity registration number [England and Wales] 1012050

B.P.A. Expertising Limited ‘[the Company’] expresses opinions on the genuine nature and authenticity, or otherwise, of postage stamps, their cancellation and the envelopes or covers to which the stamps have been affixed.

It charges fees for this service and by 1991 had acquired a forgery collection and books and other working papers to help the work of the Company. It also made modest profits from time to time from giving its opinions. The Directors of the Company make no charge for their services.

In 1991 it was decided by the then shareholders of the Company to protect and preserve the assets of the Company for the benefit of the public by forming a charity to which those assets could be given and to which charity any profits made by the Company could be given by way of a deed covenant [subject to any limitations imposed by UK tax law from time to time].

This was done by Declaration of Trust in April 1992 and by the subsequent registration of the Charity with the Charity Commissioners. The Charity has five Trustees and four of them hold all the shares in the Company on trust for the Charity.

The reference collection of forged, altered and faked stamps and covers and other items together with the reference library formed by the Company over the long period referred to above was transferred into the ownership of the Charity and items are still so transferred after acquisition by the Company.

The reference collection and the reference library are available to the Directors and to bona fide members of the public who the Trustees of the Charity believe have a legitimate interest in obtaining information from the reference collection.
The objects of the Charity are:

(i) The promotion of research into the postal systems of the world, past and present, with particular application to their stamps [and their methods of production and printing] and the publication of the useful results of such research, and the education of the public about such matters

(ii) To advance public education in philately and postal history with the purpose of stimulating the interest and knowledge of persons of any age who will thereby be able to pursue and take part in (i)

(iii) to support other charities which have similar objects in whole or in part.
The Trustees are John Taylor, Philip Kinns, Robert Johnson. Andrew Norris and Gerald Bodily

The Corresponding Trustee is Robert Johnson. His address is 65, Manor Park, Redland, Bristol BS6 7HW UK

Applications to the Charity
Any person wishing to have help with research and publication within the objects set out above should write to the Corresponding Trustee. Any person wishing to support the work of the Charity by giving money, or reference material, or books or items which can be sold for the benefit of the Charity to help more research and publication should write to the Corresponding Trustee.

Current projects are:
• A book on the postage due stamps of Zanzibar
• A book on the stamps of India overprinted for use in Zanzibar
• A book on forgeries of handstamps recently discovered
• A book on forgeries and faking involving covers and cancellations [handstruck and manuscript] of the Cape of Good Hope
• A book on the rectangular stamp issues of the Cape of Good Hope
• An index/synopsis of correspondence between De La Rue, the Agent-General for the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Colony Government in the 188s and 1890s
• A book on the stamps of Great Britain used in Malta

Pending projects waiting for further input
A book updating the British Post Offices in the Persian Gulf and the British stamps used there

Subject matter of applications
The subject matter which can be the subject of research or publication is not limited but the Trustees’ preference is for books relating to the production and printing of stamps, their classification, errors in their printing, forgeries, alterations and faking of them and how they were used by reference to covers, envelopes, letters and other
original sources.
No stamp issuing country is excluded. Every proposal is considered on its merits and the trustees subject any draft book to scrutiny of an independent referee chosen in consultation with an author so that an academic standard can be adopted.
All applications must fall within the objects of the Charity as set out above.

Books for sale
Four books published by the Charity are currently in stock and available for purchase. For details see this page.


Submitting items for Expertisation

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