West Africa Study Circle       


Join WASC!

For as little as £5 a year you’ll get

Cameo is WASC’s gold award-winning journal, full of articles on West African philately. It is published three times a year Read more about Cameo.

Three times a year WASC publishes a Newsletter about past and future events, members' news, exhibitions and so on. This is sent out with Cameo, in paper form to 'Print' members (see below), and in electronic form to everyone. From time to time we send additional Newsletters (for example to give details of Zoom meetings). These are sent out by email.

Invitations to meetings
We hold three face-to-face  meetings a year: two in London and one in Salisbury. We also hold a residential weekend Conference every two years. Meetings are partially livestreamed so that members can view them online, as if they were present in the room. And we also hold a number of Zoom meetings each year for members. The Activities page gives more details. At meetings you see displays of interesting material, have the chance to ask questions and get to know other collectors who share your interests.

Access to our auctions
We hold two members’ auctions per year that average over 500 lots of West African material.  Only WASC members may buy. Prices are generally affordable and the lots are smaller than offered by the big auction houses.

Have a look at the list of books WASC has published over the past few years. Members are the first to learn of new publications, and can buy at a discount. If you are thinking of writing we have a lot of experience helping members get into print.

Free help and advice:
WASC has Study Editors for each of its main collecting fields who are experts happy to give free advice, whether it be in identifying a cancellation or a paper type, or suggesting where to learn more. A list of Study editors and WASC officers is available here.

Access to archives:
Membership gives you access to a range of unpublished material and records held by other members.

Networking and Friendships:
Above all WASC membership helps you to develop worldwide contacts with enthusiasts who share your collecting interests. WASC members range from experts who have large collections and who publish research, to beginners who are just starting out. Experts were beginners once, and are keen to share their knowledge and to help others develop.

How to join

The formalities
Please download and complete an application form, which includes a commitment to abide by WASC’s Constitution and Rules, and your agreement to WASC’s privacy policy. Then send the completed application form to the Membership Secretary, John Hossack, whose details appear on the form. Finally, you will need to pay the appropriate annual membership fee for Digital or Print Membership (see below).

Digital membership:
Digital membership costs £5 per year. You will enjoy all the benefits of WASC membership, and you will be emailed a link to download Cameo, the Newsletter, Auction lists, publication releases, and all associated papers three times a year. Details of Zoom Meetings will be emailed to you. Digital membership remains at £5 for 2024.

Print membership:
You will be mailed printed copies of Cameo, the Newsletter etc three times a year. In addition, you will be emailed links to the digital versions of all the printed material three times a year and to Zoom Meetings. Print membership costs £20 for those in the UK, £27.50 for those overseas in Europe, or £32.50 for those in the rest of the world. On 1.1.2024 rates for print membership will rise to £22.50, £30, £35 respectively (the first increase since 2013).

Any questions?
John is happy to answer questions. Do email him at hoss-28 @ virginmedia.com (remove spaces). WASC’s representative in North America, Marty Bratzel, can handle most queries and can accept subscriptions in U.S. or Canadian dollar checks. Likewise, our representative for Nigeria can handle most queries from those who live in Nigeria. Both can be contacted via John.