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.

New Book - Mulready Postal Staty

Display to RPSL 10th December 2015

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)

mulready-postal-stationery.jpg As part of our Diamond Jubilee events, the GBPS will display to the Royal Philatelic Society on 10th December 2015. There are 52 frames of material provided by a total of 46 members.

For a list of the displays, please see here for details.

(1 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)


New Competition Secretary 2015

Diamond Jubilee Presentations

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 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)


Three New Displays

New Book - English & Welsh Spoons

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)

imperf-le-cancellations.jpg 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)


Diamond Jubilee Festival Displays

Downloads Section

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)

high-values-qv-qeii.jpg 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)


New Book - Ocean Penny Postage

GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival 2015

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)

ocean-penny-postage.jpg 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)