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BTA Zoom Presentations: Upcoming Programme

The British Thematic Association hosts a regular series of meetings on Zoom. All details of upcoming talks are given here. Videos of previous presentations are on YouTube; the most recent ones available to members only.

All you need to do to attend the latest event is email and ask to be registered.


The event will last for approximately one hour, including an opportunity for you to ask questions.
This Zoom event is accessible on most devices including smartphones, tablets (like iPads), and laptop and desktop computers. You do not need a computer camera to take part in this event – if you wish, simply choose to join without video when Zoom opens. Nor do you need a Zoom account. 

Video tutorials about how to use Zoom.


Tuesday 09 January 19.00 for 19.30

Les Ashton-Smith Marie Curie

A philatelic investigation into the life of Marie Curie. Marie Curie was born in Poland in 1867 and later on became a French National. She was a pioneer in Physics and Chemistry at a time when women faced many social barriers and had limited academic opportunities. With her husband Pierre she discovered two new elements, and with him became the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and after his death, became the only woman to go on to win a second Nobel Prize. She conducted pioneering research and pioneered the term “radioactivity”


Thursday 15 February 19.00 for 19.30

Gary Cook. The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, France's iconic representation of its late 19th Century industrial prowess, was the major attraction at the 1889 Paris World Exposition. It became a major tourist attraction and generated an emerging demand for souvenirs especially for illustrated postcards. This presentation shows the way the Eiffel Tower Company provided postcards for tourists to record their visit and tell friends and relatives.


Wednesday 24 April 19.00 for 19.30

Jean Alexander. Supermarket Philatelypart 1

In the first of a four-part series of presentations Jean will show philatelic items given away to promote other products. 


Tuesday 16h July 19.00 for 19.30

Steve Gerrard. The Berlin Olympic Games

A display of stamps, miniature sheets, postcards and photographs of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics and of the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics.


Wednesday 18 September. 19.00 for 19.30

Jean Alexander. Supermarket Philately, part 2.

In the second of a four-part series Jean will show how Royal Mail promote their own products with special offers.


Thursday 21st November 19.00 for 19.30

Les Ashton-Smith. Alphonse Mucha, his life and work

Alphonse Mucha, the renowned Czech artist, has left an indelible mark on the world of the visual arts and a profound impact on the Art Nouveau movement. Born on July 24, 1860 in IvanĨice, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic), the story of Mucha’s journey from humble beginnings to international acclaim, and his profound impact on the new country of Czechoslovakia in terms of stamps, currency and cultural legacy, is told using various images, stamps, and covers. This presentation tells the story of Mucha’s life and the evolution of his artwork and style, and the legacy he has left behind.