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 800 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.

GB Collectors' Conference 12-14 Nov. will be hosting a special online conference for GB collectors from 12 to 14 November, in partnership with the GBPS and the British Library.

For details see this post.

GBPS Meeting Videos

Videos of GBPS "virtual meetings" can now be viewed via YouTube.

For the list see this page – videos of the future meetings will be added as soon as possible after the event.

GBPS Zoom Meetings

As COVID-19 rules make our normal meetings untenable, GBPS are running some "virtual meetings" via Zoom.

For details see here or contact Howard Hughes ().

Searchable UK Post Office Database

A new tool provides a searchable database to the information in Ken Smith's huge UK Post Offices by County project, which aims to record data for all the post offices there have been in the UK over the years (some 37,000 of them).

Click here for further details.

New GBPS President 2020

At the AGM Chris Harman took over from John Davies as the new GBPS President (his second time in the hot seat).

John has now taken on the role of GBPS Publicity Officer from Janet Bygate (many thanks to Janet).

New Honorary Life Members

At the AGM, three new Honorary Life Members were elected - namely Ian Harvey, Michael Lockton and Michael Sefi. Congratulations to all three gentlemen! See this post for details.

Annual General Meeting 2020

In the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 virus preventing a meeting of members in person on 20th June, it is proposed to hold a "virtual AGM" on that date, with voting done using the Proxy Forms sent out with the May/June Newsletter and GB Journal.

See this post for details, documents etc. Officers' reports have now been added.

FPHS Journal Free Download

The Forces Postal History Society sends us all their best wishes during these difficult times and they have made their current journal available free of charge.

It includes a lot of GB interest with some articles written by familiar GBPS folks too!

You are invited to download it and enjoy.


In the light of current advice about the Coronavirus outbreak, all the remaining GBPS meetings in the current programme should be regarded as cancelled until further notice.

Should circumstances change and it proves possible to hold any of them, a notice will be placed on the website. We apologise to those we have not been able to directly contact.

London 2020 Dinner - CANCELLED

The planned informal dinner during London 2020 on 5th May has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

NE Group Meeting - CANCELLED

The planned regional meeting at Billingham Bowling Club on 25th April has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

GBCC Chronicle Downloads

All the GB Collectors Club Chronicles (nos. 1-159) have now been digitized and are available to be downloaded by members, with full contents lists by volume, title and author also available.