Charles Wyndham Goodwyn

Charles Wyndham Goodwyn LVO (11 March 1934 – 10 June 2015)[1][2] was a British philatelist, and was Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection from September 1995 to January 2003. He was an expert in the philately of Hong Kong and China.[3]

Organised philately

From 1991 to 1993, he served as president of the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL), of which he was elected Honorary Fellow in 1995.[3]

Royal Philatelic Collection

In 1993, he was hired as assistant to John Marriott, the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection.[3] Since the constitution of this collection by King George V, it was the first time its curator was no more alone. In September 1995, Goodwyn replaced Marriott who retired from the post of Keeper.[3]

As Keeper, Goodwyn continued his predecessors' tasks: to mount the British and Commonwealth collection sent by the postal administrations and the purchases made during George VI's and Elizabeth II's reigns, and to exhibit at international stamp shows.

He opened the Collection to postal historians or students whereas only members of the RPSL Expert Committee had regularly been allowed since the time of George V.[3] When he sold in 2001, amongst duplicates, the collections of Egypt and of the Suez Canal to pay the 250.000 pounds for the Kirkcudbright cover,[4] he reinforced the British Commonwealth specialization of the Royal Collection.[3]

Like Marriott, he got assistants and that helped hurry the mounting of the George VI collection.[5] In September 1996, Michael Sefi became adjoint to the Keeper after architect Surésh Dhargalkar was hired as an assistant in April 1996. Not a philatelist, the latter could however replaced Goodwyn and travelled with parts of the Collection to exhibition.[3]

Weaker after an Australian exhibition in 1999 and the moving of the Royal Collection from Buckingham Palace to St. James's Palace around 2000,[6] Goodwyn retired in January 2003 and was replaced by Sefi.[7]

Outside philately

Goodwyn had the degree of LLB.

Honours and awards


References and sources

  1. GOODWYN, Charles Wyndham’, Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2009 ; online edn, Nov 2009, accessed 11 March 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, pp. 302–308.
  4. Discovered in 1968, this cover was franked with a block of ten Penny Black and cancelled the first day of their use, 6 May 1840. The cover was proposed to Goodwyn after an insufficient auction in 1998. Cover presented and reproduced in Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, pages 305 to 308.
  5. During an interview in October 2004 Archived 2 June 2012 at WebCite for the Great Britain Collectors Club's journal, Sefi, Goodwyn's successor announced that his assistant Vousden and him achieved three quarters of the George VI collection mounting.
  6. Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 310.
  7. 1 2 3 Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 312.
  8. « Ordonnance Souveraine n° 15.562 du 18 novembre 2002 portant promotions ou nominations dans l'Ordre de Saint-Charles », Journal de Monaco, Bulletin officiel de la principauté #7574, 22 November 2002.
  9. Page of the award Archived 24 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine., National Postal Museum, retrieved 18 December 2007.
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