Members Meeting: 2018 RSC Continental Europe Event

Rhodesian Study Circle

2018 Continental Europe Event


The newest chapters of the Rhodesian Study Circle in Germany and France are holding their first special weekend in Bonn, Germany in 2018. This is a great opportunity to help celebrate and welcome the newest chapter’s first major meeting.


  • Date: 1st – 3rd June, 2018
  • Time: See programme below.
  • Location: Gustav Stresemann Institut (GSI)
  • Hosts: 
    • Jan U. Clauss – RSC Regional Representative (Germany)
    • Gunnar Strehmel – RSC Regional Representative (France)

Photo Gallery


Friday, 1st June 2018

Arrival / Check-In / Lunch at GSI European Academy Bonn.

  • Welcome by local host, Dr Jan Ulrich Clauss RPSL and Gunnar Strehmel, both RSC Europe Regional Representatives.
  • 12:40  Walk to the Archiv der Philatelie, the biggest (not the most famous!) philatelic collection of the world.
  • 13:00  Guide through the holdings of the Archive, by Dr Andreas Hahn FRPSL, Director of the Archive
  • 14:30  Walk back to GSI, Tea Break
  • 15:00  Installing exhibits / preparing exchange premises
  • 16:00  1st Welcome Lecture – Rhodesia Lecture N° 1
  • 17:30  Transfer by car to Cologne and look around Cologne Cathedrale.
  • 19:00  Participation at monthly regular philatelic meeting at Alte Post close to the Cathedrale.
  • 20:15  Walk to Cathedrale (for those who want to look inside – open to 9pm).
  • 21:30  Return to GSI, Bonn
  • 22:30  Get together at GSI Bar009
Saturday, 2nd June 2018
  • 07:00-09:30 British & Continental Breakfast at GSI
  • 09:30  Walk to PostTwinTowers (HQ of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the worldest biggest logistical enterprise)
  • 10:00  Visit Germany’s only Post Office run by Deutsche Post DHL Group (Bring your mail for shipping: there are special oval Cancellations of Post Tower & Beethoven!)
  • 10:30  Walk to Haus der Philatelie /BDPh (HQ of German Philatelic Federation)
  • 11:00  Joining Consilium Philatelicum Conference (CPh is an elitist association with 24 mbs. only)
    • Welcome by CPh-President Wolfgang Maassen FRPSL <also President of AiJP>
    • Lecture on Third Reich Propaganda Mail given by Mr Rüdiger Krenkel RPSL,
    • CEO of German Foundation for Promotion of Philately & Postal History (Stiftung in that same house)
  • 13:00  Walk back to GSI (7 minutes) Lunch & Coffee
  • 15:00  Exchange of ideas & stamps & envelopes
  • 16:00  Tea Break
  • 16:30  Rhodesia Lecture N° 2
  • 18:00  Dinner at GSI or in Historical Center of Bonn City (thereby visiting/viewing the Historical Main Post Office where Alexander von Humboldt & The Royal Family had participated at the Beethoven monument inauguration).
    • Walk to Beethoven´s Birth House
    • Back to GSI, eventually Absacker in Bar009
Sunday 3 June 2018
  • 07:00-09:30 British & Continental Breakfast at GSI
  • 09:30  Check out of Hotel GSI; Tramway to Haus der Geschichte (10 Minutes)
  • 10:00  English guided tour at House of Contemporary German History the most frequented German Museum (Berlin Wall, British Jeep 1945, Adenauer Me brcedes etc.)
  • 11:30  Coffee at Museum; Tramway back to GSI
  • 12:00  Farewell Lunch at GSI
  • 13:30  many options for joint excursions:
    • option 1: Dragon´s Rock Königswinter (–> photo above of Dragon´s Castle)
    • option 2: Bridge of Remagen Museum (Bridge of Remagen was the last working bridge in WW-II, finally captured by the US Army)
    • option 3: Rhine River Ship Tour to Loreley Rock (interesting but very expensive).