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 - and 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.

New Competition Secretary 2015

Material for RPSL Display Requested

At the AGM Robin Cassell took over as the GBPS Competition Secretary. His first task will be to prepare for the 2016 events, back to our usual RPSL venue after a year out at Stampex for the Diamond Jubilee.

(27 Jun 2015)

cassell.jpg As part of the Diamond Jubilee events, the GBPS will display to the Royal Philatelic Society on 10th December 2015. We hope to include as many members as possible.

If you are a member and would like to contribute material to this display, please see here for details.

(1 May 2015)

Diamond Jubilee Presentations

Three New Displays

Links to the most of the presentations given during the Diamond Jubilee festival (mostly in PowerPoint format) have been added to the list in that section of the site.

(26 Apr 2015)

diamond-jubilee-presentation.jpg Three new displays have been added: Chris Jones's Diamond Jubilee festival entry Cancellations on the Imperf Line Engraved, Andy Donaldson's Overprints & Underprints, and Edward Caesley's Stamp Dealer Mail.

(21 Apr 2015)


New Book - English & Welsh Spoons

Diamond Jubilee Festival Displays

The GBPS are updating and reprinting the Richard Arundel books on duplex postmarks. This is the second, revised by Russell Taylor, and is now available priced £35. Details here.

(16 Mar 2015)

english-and-welsh-spoons.jpg Three displays from the Diamond Jubilee festival have been added: Max Melrose's superb 18-frame High Values QV to QEII, Maurice Buxton's KGVI STO postal stationery, and Ingo Egerlandt's BEF FPOs 1939-40.

(15 Mar 2015)


Downloads Section

New Book - Ocean Penny Postage

Many new books and documents have been added to the downloads page, including Harvey Russell's listing of flaws and varieties on the KGV Silver Jubilee booklet stamps.

(7 Mar 2015)

kgv-varieties.jpg A major new study by David Duncan Turner explores the history of Elihu Burrit's campaign for an Ocean Penny Postage, and illustrates and catalogues the known envelopes (£70). Details here.

(9 Feb 2015)


GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival 2015

Library Updates

Details of the events and displays for the GBPS Festival in connection with Spring Stampex 2015 are now listed on the site. Details here.

(21 Dec 2014)

diamondjubilee.jpg Two significant new books added to the GBPS library are Great Britain: Failed Free Handstamps of the Franking System by Robert Galland and John Colton, and Perkins Bacon Archive No.4 Printing Account Books Books 1840-1846, edited by Frank Walton.

(15 Nov 2014)


Library Updates

If you're using a feed reader to keep up to date with sites, you can now add one for the GBPS via our RSS feed, with the most recent news items, website updates, and new discussion board threads, and a notice of meetings coming up.

(11 Sep 2014)

rss-feed.jpg New books have been added to the GBPS library, including Line Engraved Security Printing: the Methods of Perkins Bacon 1790-1935. Banknotes and Postage Stamps by Gary Granzow, The £5 Orange by Dr John Horsey, and Perkins Bacon Archive No.3 Engraving Books 1840-1845, edited by Frank Walton.

(4 Aug 2014)