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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.

Thursday 16th November 19.00 for 19.30

Mark Humfrey Polar orchids

Orchids are found growing in the northern polar regions and the display looks at orchid stamps and postmarks occurring in both polar regions. 


Tuesday 12th December 19.00 for 19.30

Julian Bagshaw Christmas

The presentation is in three parts:

  • Early Christmas postal items
  • Early postal items carrying a 25 Dec postmark
  • What was the first Christmas Commemorative stamp?


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.