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David Beech: The Legendary Grinnell Missionaries

The Second Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture
October 11, 2003

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David R. Beech, Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections, became interested in philately at the age of nine and had the usual general collection before specialising in British Private Posts. From the age of twelve he was the Secretary of his school Stamp Club and organised its public stamp exhibition at the age of sixteen in 1970.

In 1974 he became a member of the Exhibition Committee of the British Philatelic Exhibition and became a Council member of the British Philatelic Federation in 1980 and subsequently of the Association of British Philatelic Societies. David was a member of the Council of the National Philatelic Society from 1981 to 1996. He has contributed as a member of various of these organisations’ Committees. For the International Philatelic Exhibition London 1980 he was the Controller of Exhibits and a member of the Philatelic Committee and Court of Honour Design Group for Stamp World London 90. He is the joint author of Falkland Islands – The "Travis" Franks and Covers, 1977, and was the organising secretary of the 69th British Philatelic Federation Congress in 1987.

David joined the British Library Philatelic Collections as a Curator in 1983 and became Head of the Philatelic Collections in 1991. He is a Fellow and the President of The Royal Philatelic Society London and joint founder of the International Philatelic Libraries Association. David is a member of The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the Collectors Club New York, the American Philatelic Research Library and Académie Europeénne de Philatélie. He is a Trustee of the Revenue Philately Trust and Trustee and Chairman of the Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund.