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David Beech

David Beech was the curator of the Philatelic Collections at the British Library from 1983 to 2013, and Head of that department from 1991 until his retirement in 2013. His responsibilities included the Crawford Library of philatelic literature and he initiated its conservation program, the publication of its modern printed catalog and its recent digitization project. He is a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and was its President from 2003 to 2005. In 2003, he gave the Second Maynard Sundman Philatelic Lecture: The Hawaiian Missionaries and The Grinnells at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. He is one of the three compilers of New Zealand and Dependencies — A Philatelic Bibliography, 2004. In 2012, he was invested by The Queen as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Philately, and in 2013 he received the Smithsonian Institution Philatelic Achievement Award for outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately. In retirement David is still active in philatelic research and its publication having published more than 50 articles at research level, since 1971. In 2016, he celebrates 50 years in organized philately since becoming secretary of his school stamp club at age 12.

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