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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.

Announcements

Major site changes and general GBPS developments will be announced here.

Project - Inks of the Penny Red

New KEVIII/KGVI Consultants 2018

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. At the AGM, Stephen Sayer handed over the reins to two new GBPS consultants -- Barry Stagg for Edward VIII, and Graham Winters for George VI. Many thanks to all these gentlemen! stagg-winters.jpg

New GBPS President 2018

GB Journal - Complete Downloads

At the AGM John Davies took over from Howard Hughes as the new GBPS President. Howard continues in his other role as the GBPS Advertising Manager. JAD6.jpg All the GB Journals from vol.1 onwards are now available for download by members, as either single copies or complete volumes, together with full contents lists and indexes. gbj-downloads2.jpg

New KEVII Consultant 2018

Event Photo Galleries

Alan Vaughan has kindly agreed to take on the role of the society's Edward VII consultant from the retiring Ken McBride. Our thanks to both gentlemen! alan-vaughan.JPG A new "Galleries" section has been added for the display of photographs taken at various GBPS events, beginning with the pictures from the York weekend in July. galleries.jpg

Pre-stamp Inland Postal Rates

QEII Pre-Decimal Archive Information

A listing of inland pre-stamp postage rates is now available in the Rates section. This should hopefully provide enough information for enlightenment rather than confusion! prestamp.jpg Peter Shaw has made his transcriptions of data from the Postal Museum files in POST 52/735-744 available to members. These have details for all the QEII pre-decimal cylinders and plates. qeii-files.jpg

Duplicate Library Books for Sale

New Membership Secretary 2017

The GBPS Library has a number of duplicate books, so we have decided to offer these for sale to our members on a first come first served basis. See here for a list of the books currently available - contact the Librarians Matthew and Cheryl Toomey for ordering details. At the start of the year Victoria Lajer took over from the long-serving Peter Tanner as the GBPS Membership Secretary. For contact details for membership enquiries please see here. victoria-lajer.jpg

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. 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).