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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.
For more information on how to use Zoom, including video tutorials about how to join a meeting, click here.


Tuesday 18 January. Les Ashton-Smith Auguste Piccard.


19 April 19.00 for 19.30 

Daphne McMillan Airgraphs

Following a short introduction explaining how the airgraph system worked, the talk will show illustrated airgraphs to, but mainly from, many of the theatres of war from 1941 onwards.  Whether you collect thematic material or are constructing an open class exhibit, airgraphs are a good source of material.  As well as a wide range of printed items there are many hand-drawn ones, often showing the British squaddie's irreverent sense of humour as well as his artistic talent.


19 May 19.00 for 19.30 

Jean Crawford  Waterfalls on postal stationery postcards

Collectors often think of postal stationery as a postcard with a head on the top right hand corner. The aim of this talk is to encourage more thematic collectors to look for postal stationery. Cards are included where waterfalls are in the background of the picture but the actual adverts include cars, beer, pharmaceuticals, computers, banks, newspapers and other subjects.


30 June 19.00 for 19.30 

Members' displays


13 July 19.00 for 19.30 

Keith Burton Viaducts

A potpourri of viaducts, their histories and the ways that they have developed or fallen into disuse; shown through postcards, photographs, maps and a few words. The presentation starts with a small viaduct in Lancashire and then moves around the country and abroad.


09 August 19.00 for 19.30 

Mike Blackman  Aspects of Umbrellas

Umbrellas can seem rather mundane and tend only to get our attention when they annoy us by blowing inside out when we most need them – on a wet and windy day. However, both umbrellas and parasols in fact have a long and interesting history and culture which will be explored in this presentation using philatelic material, ephemera, postcards, poster stamps and more.