Urgent notices, major website alterations, and GBPS changes are listed below. Some of the earlier entries are for the regular incremental changes to the website that are now listed on the updates page.
GBPS Competitions 2021
The entries for the GBPS "virtual competitions" can now be viewed in the Displays section here
(30 Jan 2021)
GBPS Christmas Meeting 2020
The GBPS Christmas Quiz can be downloaded here
The video of the Zoom meeting is now available on the GBPS YouTube channel
(13 Dec 2020)
The January, February, and March meetings have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID situation, but Zoom "virtual meetings
" have been added (contact ).
(13 Dec 2020)
GB Collectors' Conference Videos
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
(23 Oct 2020)
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.
(16 Sep 2020)
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 ().
(10 Sep 2020)
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.
(20 Jul 2020)
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).
(22 Jun 2020)
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
(22 Jun 2020)
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.
(2 Jun 2020)
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.
(28 May 2020)
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.
(15 Mar 2020)
London 2020 Dinner - CANCELLED
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.
(27 Jan 2020)
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.
(14 Nov 2019)
Great Britain Collectors Club
The US-based GBCC has merged with the GBPS with many members transferring over - for details see this thread
From the GBPS, a warm welcome to all of you from North America.
(11 Nov 2019)
Share Links Added
"Share" links for email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest have now been added generally across the GBPS website.
So if you see something on the site you'd like to share more widely, just click on one of these logos that you'll find at the bottom of each page.
(10 Nov 2019)
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.
(4 Oct 2019)
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
(20 Sep 2019)
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
(2 Jun 2019)
FgGB Philatelic Weekend 2019, Wesel
, 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
(1 Mar 2019)
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.
(19 Feb 2019)
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
(6 Nov 2018)
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!
(26 Jun 2018)
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.
(24 Jun 2018)
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.
(19 Jun 2018)
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!
(15 Mar 2018)
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.
(25 Sep 2017)
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!
(29 Jul 2017)
QEII Pre-Decimal Archive Info
Peter Shaw has made his transcriptions of data
from the Postal Museum files in POST 52/735-744 available to members. These have details for all the QEII pre-decimal cylinders and plates.
(16 Jun 2017)
Duplicate Library Books for Sale
The GBPS Library has a number of duplicate books, so we have decided to offer these for sale to our members on a first come first served basis. See here
for a list of the books currently available – contact the Librarians Matthew and Cheryl Toomey for ordering details.
(22 May 2017)
New Membership Secretary 2017
At the start of the year Victoria Lajer took over from the long-serving Peter Tanner as the GBPS Membership Secretary. For contact details for membership enquiries please see here
(15 Jan 2017)
Many new books have been added to the library, including the recent publication The Mulready Postal Stationery
by Alan Huggins and Alan Holyoake, and a large selection of local postal history studies (particularly strong in Yorkshire).
(30 Jul 2016)
GBPS Trading Forums
We've created a new section called the GBPS Trading Forums
that allows you to trade material with fellow collectors. You'll need your member login (register here
if you don't have one yet).
Instructions were in Newsletter
360, and are also here on the site
(29 Jun 2016)
New GBPS President 2016
At the AGM Howard Hughes took over from Bob Galland as the new GBPS President, also taking over Bob's other role as the GBPS Advertising Manager.
(11 Jun 2016)
New GBPS Secretary 2016
At the AGM Phil Waud was elected as the GBPS Secretary, taking over from the long serving Don Davies who had been in the job since 2005!
(11 Jun 2016)
London Postal History Group Archive
The London Postal History Group (active 1971-2009), have kindly provided copies of their archives in PDF format – both the journal and the LPHG publications. See the downloads section
(1 Mar 2016)
Airmail Leaflets 1919-72
Copies of most of the official airmail leaflets issued between 1919 and 1972, giving rates, routes and timings, are now available as PDF format files in the downloads section
(21 Feb 2016)
Diamond Jubilee Festival Summary
Details of the various presentations for the GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival 2015 – both the Spring Stampex entries and talks and the RPSL display – can be found archived here.
(17 Jan 2016)
The GBPS site has been adapted to be readily viewable on small screens such as mobile phones and tablets. You should now be able to view pages without horizontal scrolling, even on a phone with the screen vertical!
(2 Jan 2016)
New Book - Mulready Postal Staty
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)
New Book - KGV Printing Plates
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)
New Competition Secretary 2015
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)
Diamond Jubilee Presentations
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)
New Book - English & Welsh Spoons
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
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
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
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)
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)
GBPS RSS Feed
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)
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)
A list of forthcoming meetings can now be downloaded in iCalendar format
(suitable for importing into Outlook and other calendar software).
(3 Aug 2014)
New GBPS President 2014
At the AGM Bob Galland
took over from Michael Sefi as the new GBPS President, with John Davies taking over in Bob's old Vice-Presidential role.
(14 Jun 2014)
New GBPS Newsletter Editor 2014
from sunny California is the new editor of the GBPS Newsletter
, taking over from Howard Hughes (who is organising the Diamond Jubilee event). So make sure he gets plenty of articles …
(1 Mar 2014)
New books have been added to the GBPS library, including Perkins Bacon Archive No.1 General Account of Postage Labels 1840
and Perkins Bacon Archive No.2 Postage Stamp Warrants 1840-1845
edited by Frank Walton, Great Britain: The 1840 Prepaid Parliamentary Envelopes
by Alan Huggins and Edward Klempka, and a number of recent GBPS publications.
(13 Feb 2014)
The Plating of the Penny
John McCulloch's superb online tool for plating 1d Reds using the Fisher-Brown system is now hosted on the GBPS site (including the "E-Gauge" for measuring). Details here
(25 Jan 2014)
GB Journal and Newsletter Downloads
Back copies of the GB Journal
and the GBPS Newsletter
from 2000 onwards in PDF format can now be downloaded by members.
(4 Jan 2014)
New books have been added to the GBPS library, including Rates to Reform - A Guide to the High Postage Rates in Great Britain and their Reform 1812-1840
by Rex Clark, Predecimal Machins - The Foundation of an Iconic Series
by Tony Walker, and a range of society journals on CD or DVD.
(17 Nov 2013)
New Programme Secretary 2013
has taken on the important job of organising the programme of GBPS meetings and obtaining speakers for them! For the current results see here
(15 Nov 2013)
GBPS Email Addresses
The GBPS officers and consultants now all have "@gbps" email addresses (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
). These will remain the same when new officeholders take over and hopefully ensure that messages go to the right person! List here
(1 Nov 2013)
New GBPS Librarians 2013
The GBPS Library
is now in the capable hands of Matthew and Cheryl Toomey
, who have been working diligently on an updated listing of what is available – including a number of new additions
(7 Oct 2013)
Downey Head Plating Studies
A selection of Mike Jackson's plating studies
of the Downey Heads are now available in the Displays
(23 Sep 2013)
New Discussion Boards
The GBPS Discussion Boards have been transferred to a new phpBB
platform which offers us much greater speed and many more options. Please take a look
(8 Sep 2013)
New Book - 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
(5 Sep 2013)
Members who could not attend the Lancaster meeting can now see Peter Shaw's Gold Medal display
of these QEII high values in the Displays
(1 Aug 2013)
GB Journal and Newsletter Contents
Full listings by volume, author, and subject are now available for the GB Journal
from 1983 to date
and for the GBPS Newsletter
from 2000 to date
(1 May 2013)
A Jubilee Reminiscence
John Davies has provided selected sheets from his Gold Medal display
of the material connected with the 1890 celebrations of the Penny Postage Jubilee for the Displays
(17 Feb 2013)
New Book - 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
(4 Feb 2013)
The Mulready and its Advertisements
Tom Slemons has provided selected sheets from his All-American display
of this classic postal stationery for the Displays
(21 Jan 2013)
Story of Advertising through the Post
Members who could not attend the meeting where Colin Baker showed his fine display
of postal advertising material can see a 192-page selection in the Displays
(10 Dec 2012)
A new section consists of freely downloadable documents that provide information of interest to GB collectors, such as Mike O'Hara's explanation of the High Value Packet and Bankers' Special Packet services. Details here
(29 Sep 2012)
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
(18 Jul 2012)