Announcements Archive

The urgent notices, major website alterations, and GBPS changes that were posted on the front page are listed below (some will no longer be relevant, of course). Some of the earlier entries are for the regular incremental changes to the website that are now listed on the updates page.

New Social Media Manager 2023

Kathryn Kibby is our new Social Media Manager.

She takes over from Alasdair McIntosh, and will be looking after our Facebook, X/Twitter, and Instagram feeds. So why not subscribe?

(7 Sep 2023)

New GBPS Secretary 2023

Chris Hibbert is the new Secretary for the GBPS.

He takes over from Phil Waud who has done the job since 2016 – many thanks to both these gentlemen!

(28 Jun 2023)

AGM 2023 Agenda and Accounts

The agenda for the AGM on 17th June, together with the accounts for 2022, can now be downloaded in PDF format here.

(10 May 2023)

Change to 14 Jan morning meeting

Unfortunately, due to illness Hugh Feldman is unable to give his Zoom and room presentation. We hope to reschedule for next year, but this Saturday AM there will be short displays by members both on Zoom and in the room.

(13 Jan 2023)

SG Evening 14th Dec – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to the rail strike announced for 14th December, SG have had to cancel this, as they cannot guarantee to be sufficiently staffed. They hope to reschedule for the New Year.

(29 Nov 2022)

New "Plate Repairs" Tool

A new tool for identifying plate repairs on the line engraved stamps is now available for members.

See the article by Tony Wells in Newsletter 398, pp29-30.

(25 Nov 2022)

"Lake-reds" at SG Evening 14th Dec

We have agreed with SG that, at the forthcoming evening meeting, we will take a closer look at one of the most difficult imperf 1d red shades, the "Lake-red".

See this post for details.

(7 Nov 2022)

GBPS Social Media Manager 2022

Alasdair McIntosh has taken on the role of GBPS Social Media Manager again, and will be looking after our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds.

So why not subscribe?

(30 Oct 2022)

HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

It is with great sadness we mourn the loss of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The GBPS sends sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

God save the King.

(12 Sep 2022)

New Postal History Consultant 2022

Maurice Buxton is the new GBPS consultant for Postal History.

Many thanks also to our retiring consultant Michael Lockton, who carried out this role from the introduction of consultants in 1980!

(2 Jul 2022)

New Membership Secretary 2022

Linda Hill is the new Membership Secretary for the GBPS.

Many thanks to Linda for agreeing to take over, and to Victoria Lajer for her great work over the last five years!

(1 Jul 2022)

New GBPS President 2022

At the AGM Peter Lister took over as the new GBPS President from the outgoing President, Chris Harman.

Many thanks to Chris, who remains the GBPS consultant for "Back of the Book" material.

(24 Jun 2022)

Advance Notice - Display to RPSL

The GBPS have been invited to display to the Royal Philatelic Society London on 1st December 2022, with an ensemble display of 62 frames.

Members please see this post for details if you would like to take part.

(2 Jun 2022)

GBPS Social Media Manager

Alasdair McIntosh has unfortunately had to step down from the role of Social Media Manager. Many thanks to Alasdair for his excellent work.

(If any members think they might like to do this, we'd be delighted to hear from you!)

(23 May 2022)

New Competitions Secretary 2022

Stephen Teuma has kindly agreed to take on the role of the GBPS Competitions Secretary from the retiring Robin Cassell.

Our thanks to both gentlemen!

(10 Apr 2022)

Best in Class - GBPS Website

The winner of the Best in Class award for the new "Digital Literature" class at London 2022 was ... the GBPS website!

See this post for details.

(17 Mar 2022)

Grand Prix National - Howard Hughes

The winner of the Grand Prix National at London 2022 (for an outstanding exhibit of Great Britain) was former GBPS President Howard Hughes with his exhibit of The Maltese Cross.

See this post for details.

(14 Mar 2022)

London 2022 Grand Prix National

The GBPS are sponsoring the Grand Prix National award for the best GB entry in London 2022 – this is an Edwardian silver-topped claret jug.

See this post for a bigger image.

(2 Feb 2022)

Chris Harman - Lichtenstein Award

The Collectors Club New York has named GBPS President Chris Harman as the 2022 recipient of its prestigious Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately.

See this post for details.

(24 Jan 2022)

Change for 22nd Jan 2022 Meeting

Unfortunately Richard Farman will not be able to present Napoleonic Prisoners of War at the Competitions meeting on 22nd January 2022. Instead, the morning session will now consist of Members' Displays on any GB-related topic.

(16 Jan 2022)

GBPS Meetings Manager 2022

David Griffin has kindly agreed to take on the role of the society's Meetings Manager from the retiring Stephen Teuma.

Our thanks to both gentlemen!

(11 Jan 2022)

Northern Line Closures at Bank

Closures of some Tube stations on the Northern line will affect travel to GBPS meetings at the Royal Philatelic Society until May 2022.

See this post for details.

(9 Jan 2022)

English "Rexmarks": Request for Info

Peter Chadwick is trying to build up a record of the English "Rexmarks" (manuscript town marks), and would like reports (and scans) if you have any in your collection!

See this post for details.

(9 Dec 2021)

Registration for Stampex Meeting

As Autumn Stampex 2021 will be a ticketed event, anybody coming to the GBPS meeting on the Saturday will need to register for a (free) Stampex ticket.

See this post for details.

(18 Aug 2021)

New GBPS Vice Presidents 2021

At the 2021 Annual General Meeting on 26th June Andy Donaldson and Peter Lister were elected to the vacant GBPS Vice Presidential slots.

Congratulations to both gentlemen!

(2 Jul 2021)

AGM 2021 - Reports and Accounts

GBPS members attending the 2021 AGM on 26th June using Zoom can download the Annual Report and Accounts and the Officers' Reports via this post on the GBPS discussion boards.

(25 Jun 2021)

GBPS Social Media Manager 2021

Alasdair McIntosh has taken on the role of GBPS Social Media Manager, and will be looking after our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds.

So why not subscribe?

(25 May 2021)

GBPS at Midpex 2021

The GBPS will have a table at Midpex 2021 on Saturday 3rd July, where members of the society will be selling books and answering questions.

Come and say hello!

(25 May 2021)

GBPS at Virtual Stampex 2021

The GBPS have a booth C15 at this online show, running from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th March 2021.

Come and say hello in the chatroom!

(24 Mar 2021)

New QEII Decimal Consultant 2021

Scott Kibby has agreed to take the role of QEII Decimal Consultant, with Ian Harvey remaining as consultant for QEII Pre-Decimal issues.

For details see here.

(5 Mar 2021)

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)

Cancelled Spring 2021 Meetings

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

The videos from the GB Collectors' Conference have been added to the GBPS YouTube site.

These talks cover a wide range of subjects within GB philately.

(11 Dec 2020)

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 for details.

(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

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

(8 Mar 2020)

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 for details.

(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 for details.

(2 Jun 2019)

FgGB Philatelic Weekend 2019, Wesel

Forschungsgemeinschaft Grossbritannien, 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)

Display Archive Updates

Updates to displays include PDFs of many, Graham Horton's KEVII Essays & Proofs, Tom Slemons' Suffolk P/H, and several unusual short displays supplied by Glenn Morgan.

(24 Sep 2016)

Library Updates

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 sources 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)

Mobile-Friendly Updates

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 Displays

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 Competitions Secretary 2015

At the AGM Robin Cassell took over as the GBPS Competitions 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)

Three New Displays

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

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

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

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)

Library Updates

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)


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)

Library Updates

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)

iCalendar File

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)

Site Updates

Recent additions include downloads of handouts from meetings , the full GBPS rules, and an expanded links section.

(28 May 2014)

GBPS History

We have added some historic information for interest and reference – the past Society officers, the competition award winners, and GBPS programmes from the 2001-2 season on.

(26 Mar 2014)

New GBPS Newsletter Editor 2014

Paul Ramsay 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)

Library Updates

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)

Library Updates

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

Andy Donaldson 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. 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 section.

(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)

Decimal Castles

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 section.

(1 Aug 2013)

Back in Stock

We now have a small quantity of R.A.G.Lee's book The Penny Lilac, Part 2 available again.

(28 May 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 section.

(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 section.

(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 section.

(10 Dec 2012)

Downloads Section

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)

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.

(18 Jul 2012)