Introducing the GBPS ...

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.


Urgent notices, major website alterations, and GBPS changes will be announced below. The regular incremental changes to the website are now listed on the updates page.


In the light of current advice about the Coronavirus outbreak, all the remaining GBPS meetings in the current programme should be regarded as cancelled until further notice.

Should circumstances change and it proves possible to hold any of them, a notice will be placed on the website. We apologise to those we have not been able to directly contact.

London 2020 Dinner - CANCELLED

The planned informal dinner during London 2020 on 5th May has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

NE Group Meeting - CANCELLED

The planned regional meeting at Billingham Bowling Club on 25th April has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

GBCC Chronicle Downloads

All the GB Collectors Club Chronicles (nos. 1-159) have now been digitized and are available to be downloaded by members, with full contents lists by volume, title and author also available.

Great Britain Collectors Club

The US-based GBCC has merged with the GBPS with many members transferring over - for details see this thread.

From the GBPS, a warm welcome to all of you from North America.

Share Links Added

"Share" links for email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest have now been added generally across the GBPS website.

So if you see something on the site you'd like to share more widely, just click on one of these logos that you'll find at the bottom of each page.

NE Group Meeting 19th October 2019

The schedule and booking details for this regional meeting at the Cavendish premises in Derby are now available. It includes a presentation by James Grimwood-Taylor and members displays. See this link for further details.

Change for 12th October Meeting

Unfortunately Richard Farman will not be able to present Napoleonic Prisoners of War at the 12th October meeting. Instead, the morning session will now consist of Members' Displays on any GB-related topic. See this link for details.

AGM 22nd June: Lunch Provided

Courtesy of the RPSL, a buffet lunch will be provided free of charge at the 22nd June AGM. If you are planning to come, please let Andy Donaldson know so that we can advise the Dorchester on numbers - see this link for details.

FgGB Philatelic Weekend 2019, Wesel

Forschungsgemeinschaft Grossbritannien, our German sister society, are holding their annual Philatelic Weekend in Wesel (Germany) from 4-6 October 2019 with some 60-70 collectors from all over the world expected to take part.

For further information if you would like to attend see this thread.

AGM Meeting - Venue Change

As the RPSL are moving premises, they will provide an alternative venue at the Dorchester Hotel for the 22 June AGM meeting (cost neutral to us). See this thread for further details including transport links.

Project - Inks of the Penny Red

A group led by Mike Williams (our Line Engraved Consultant) are looking to set up a project to conduct scientific experiments to establish once and for all the make up of the inks of the 1841-1857 period. Sources of funding are being sought, and any help from interested parties would be greatly appreciated. For full details see this post or email Mike.