The GBPS was founded in 1955 by a small but enthusiastic group of collectors in order to promote, encourage, and contribute to the advancement of the philately of Great Britain. Since then it has grown steadily, and now has more than 700 members in the UK and abroad. The Society deals with all aspects of GB philately, and has contributed much to the field; this is certain to continue as new members with fresh ideas join.

Please note: the Society itself does not purchase or sell stamps, covers etc, nor do we provide valuations - for this you may care to consult our dealer members.

News, Updates, and Events

A selection of the more important recent site updates and general GBPS developments.

Display Archive Updates

Library Updates

Updates to displays include PDFs of many, Graham Horton's KEVII Essays & Proofs, Tom Slemons' Suffolk P/H, and several unusual short displays supplied by Glenn Morgan.

(24 Sep 2016)

olympic-effort.png Many new books have been added to the library, including the recent publication The Mulready Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins and Alan Holyoake, and a large selection of local postal history studies (particularly strong in Yorkshire).

(30 Jul 2016)

GBPS Trading Forums

New GBPS President 2016

We've created a new section called the GBPS Trading Forums that allows you to trade material with fellow collectors. You'll need your member login (register here if you don't have one yet).

Instructions were in Newsletter 360, and are also here on the site.

(29 Jun 2016)

At the AGM Howard Hughes took over from Bob Galland as the new GBPS President, also taking over Bob's other role as the GBPS Advertising Manager.

(11 Jun 2016)


New GBPS Secretary 2016

London Postal History Group Archive

At the AGM Phil Waud was elected as the GBPS Secretary, taking over from the long serving Don Davies who had been in the job since 2005!

(11 Jun 2016)

secretary-waud.jpg The London Postal History Group (active 1971-2009), have kindly provided copies of their archives in PDF format -- both the journal and the LPHG publications. See the downloads section.

(1 Mar 2016)


Airmail Leaflets 1919-72

Diamond Jubilee Festival Summary

Copies of most of the official airmail leaflets issued between 1919 and 1972, giving rates, routes and timings, are now available as PDF format files in the downloads section.

(21 Feb 2016)

airmail-leaflet.jpg Details of the various presentations for the GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival 2015 -- both the Spring Stampex entries and talks and the RPSL display -- can be found archived here.

(17 Jan 2016)


Mobile-Friendly Updates

New Book - Mulready Postal Staty

The GBPS site has been adapted to be readily viewable on small screens such as mobile phones and tablets. You should now be able to view pages without horizontal scrolling, even on a phone with the screen vertical!

(2 Jan 2016)

mobile-noborder.jpg An important new book by Alan Huggins and Alan Holyoake on the production and use of the Mulready postal stationery, fully illustrated in colour. Price £40. Details here.

(12 Nov 2015)


New Book - KGV Printing Plates

New Displays

This new book records detailed information about the production and use of the printing plates for George V stamps, extracted by Douglas Muir. Price £60. Details here.

(11 Oct 2015)

kgv-printing-plates.jpg New displays since last update: early express, KGV commemoratives, telegraphs, British Levant, and Jean Alexander's Stampex meeting display of Supermarket Philately.

(20 Sep 2015)