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.

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.
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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.

New KEVIII/KGVI Consultants 2018

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!

New GBPS President 2018

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.

GB Journal - Complete Downloads

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.

New KEVII Consultant 2018

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!

Event Photo Galleries

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.

Pre-stamp Inland Postal Rates

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!