The Exhibition Committee Overview

Executive Committee

Nicola Davies is Head of Collections at the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). Nicola joined the RPSL in 2016 and worked as the society’s librarian until becoming Head of Collections in 2019. She has responsibility for the society’s collections held in the John Sacher Library and the Spear Museum of Philatelic History. She has a background in history and law and is a Chartered Librarian with an MSc in Library and Information Studies. She served as at Trustee for Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional (2019-2022) and is the Chair/coordinator of the Central London Historic Collections Group, as well as an active member of the Philatelic Librarians’ Roundtable, Philatelic Curators’ Roundtable and the Independent Libraries Association.

Nicola Davies (right), Head of Collections guides HM Queen Elizabeth II around the Spear Museum of Philatelic History at the RPSL on 26 November 2019.

Alexander Haimann is a longtime student, researcher and collector of Anglo-Zulu history. From 2005-10, Alex worked as a Collections Specialist for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Since 2010, Alex has been a volunteer leader with numerous philatelic organizations including the American Philatelic Society, NY World Stamp Show 2016, Stockholmia 2019 and the Royal Philatelic Society London. In 2015, Alex launched the initial effort culminating this July with the Clash of Empires: The 1879 Anglo-Zulu War museum exhibition. Learn more about Alex’s journey through Anglo-Zulu history collecting here.

Alex Haimann, FRPSL meeting HM Queen Elizabeth II during her official visit to open the Royal Philatelic Society London’s new headquarters building on 26 November 2019.

Christopher King is a lifelong collector of stamps and postal history. He is a former president of the Royal Philatelic Society London and its current Collections Committee Chair.

Chris King, RDP Hon FRPSL meeting HM Queen Elizabeth II during her official visit to open the Royal Philatelic Society London’s new headquarters building on 26 November 2019.

Watch Chris present an overview of the kinds of exhibition ephemera that the Royal Philatelic Society collects to preserve the history of philatelic exhibitions at all levels here:

Ian Knight is a historian, author, battlefield guide and artefacts specialist internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. Ian has written over thirty books on the Anglo-Zulu War and the history of the Zulu kingdom, including Zulu Rising; The Epic Story of iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, The Anatomy of the Zulu Army and With His Face to the Foe; The Life and Death of the Prince Imperial. Additionally, Ian was the historian attached to the archaeological exploration of parts of the iSandlwana battlefield in 2000. Ian has appeared in and consulted for a number of TV documentaries on the Anglo-Zulu War, including BBC’s Timewatch series and Channel 4’s Secrets of the Dead. Ian’s book, The National Army Museum Book of the Zulu War was joint winner of the Royal United Services’ Institute Award for ‘Best Military History Book’. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg. Learn more about Ian, his books and battlefield tours on his website here.

Ian joining HM King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu for a tour of the Palace of Westminster in London.

Visit Ian Knight’s Anglo-Zulu History Facebook Group Here

Lindizwe Dalton Ngobese is the great-great-grandson of Zulu Inkosi Sihayo. During the Battle of iSandlwana on 22 January 1879, Sihayo and his son Mehlokazulu led companies of the iNgobamakhosi regiment which formed part of the left horn of the Zulu army. Lindizwe is a registered Anglo-Zulu War battlefield tour guide and lives near iSandlwana in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Lindizwe meeting HM Prince Charles on Armed Forces Day, 2010

Watch Lindizwe explore the contours of the Anglo-Zulu War here: