TEN GOOD REASONS ...
... why collectors of Great Britain stamps and covers should join the GBPS
The majority of meetings are held in London, but in addition there are periodic conferences and society meetings held in other locations in the UK and at every Stampex. Locations, dates and times are to be found in the annual programme issued to every member, with any changes reported in the Newsletter.
At several of our meetings dealer members of the Society will be present with a selection of their stock.
Exchange packets are circulated regularly, giving members the opportunity to view a range of GB philatelic material in their own homes, and allowing members to directly sell to, and buy from, other members.
There are GBPS consultants with expertise covering all relevant areas who can easily be contacted when advice is needed.
Society competitions are held each January. There are several trophies, awarded for different levels and subjects (details can be found here). Every year a cup is presented for the best article in The GB Journal.
It should be noted that the GBPS does not purchase or sell philatelic items, i.e. stamps, postal history, etc. However, as previously mentioned there is a packet system for members operating in the UK only.
Come and meet us first
Non-members are most welcome to come to a meeting or two if they are interested in joining. For details please contact the GBPS Membership Secretary.
Our membership is international and so it is vitally important to have an effective means of keeping all who belong to the Society up to date, wherever in the world they may live. The main way of doing this is through our Newsletter, which covers news, views, members' queries, letters, articles and details of meetings. Collector members may advertise in it free of charge.
The GB Journal carries authoritative articles on all matters concerning GB philately with an emphasis on research and new discoveries. It has become an important publication and complete sets of issues are now avidly sought.
History and objectives
The GBPS was founded in 1955 by a small but enthusiastic group of collectors. Since then it has grown steadily to over 700 members both in this country and abroad.
The Society's primary aim is to promote, encourage and contribute to the advancement of the philately of Great Britain. The GBPS now covers all aspects of GB philately: stamps, postal history, postal stationery, booklets, college stamps, revenues, telegraphs, and philatelic conservation.
The GBPS has contributed much to the field of GB philately. This is certain to continue as new members with fresh ideas join.Now that you know the benefits of membership why not fill in the membership form and join the Great Britain Philatelic Society?
NEXT MEETINGSat. 29th March 2014
Royal Philatelic Society, 41 Devonshire Place, London
11am All day joint meeting with the Cinderella Stamp Club
The Dollis Hill Find: A new book by Edward Klempka is a record of the 1958-72 Wilding phosphor trial stamps from the Forster archive, including previously unknown varieties (£20). Details here.
RECENT SITE ADDITIONS
New Discussion Boards: The GBPS boards have been transferred to a new phpBB platform. Please take a look!
Uniform Penny Post: This book by Steve Walker lists all the known types of Handstruck Paid Postage Stamps of the Uniform Penny Post 1840 to 1853 (£15). Details here.
Decimal Castles: Members who could not attend the Lancaster meeting can now see Peter Shaw's excellent display of these QEII high values in the Displays section.
Back in Stock: A small quantity of R.A.G.Lee's book The Penny Lilac, Part 2.
GBPS Newsletter Contents: Full listings by year for all Newsletters from 2008 to date.
GB Journal Contents: Full listings by volume for all GBJs from 1983 to date.
Downloads Section: Freely downloadable documents that provide information of interest to GB collectors. Details here.
New Displays: Selected sheets from recent displays to the GBPS - The Story of Advertising Through the Post (Colin Baker), The Mulready and its Advertisements (Tom Slemons), and A Jubilee Reminiscence (John Davies).
Brunswick Star Cancels: The GBPS are updating and reprinting the Richard Arundel books on duplex postmarks. This is the first, revised by Russell Taylor and now available (£15). Details here.
Book Updates: PDF files of updates for Great Britain Surface Printed Postage Stamps 1855-83, Discovering Seahorses, Collect British Postal Stationery, The Post Office and the Colleges, and volumes 1 and 4 of The Plating of the Penny 1840-1864 have been added. Details here.
Postmaster Appointments: The BPMA hold Post Office appointment records 1831-1956, among them details of Postmasters in England and Wales to 1849, noting when this was "on the establishment of the office". Chris Jones has transcribed this data and kindly made it available here.
Postal Rates: The rates section of the GBPS website has been updated with a detailed treatment of inland express rates from 1891-1993, including a full list of the special Sunday Delivery rates.
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