Resources

There are now many websites relating to philately and postal history, as well as general and specialist sites which can help collectors identify postmarks and relevant obtain historical and geographical information. Other societies specialise in the study of the postal history of specific areas or counties, or in particular aspects of postal services, and links to their websites can be found on our Links page. In addition, the following sites may be of interest to students and collectors of current British Postal markings. .

Norvic Philatelics' Blog contains current news about stamps and postmarks of the UK

UK Post Offices by County contains Ken Smith's lists of Post Office branches with dates of opening, change of status and/or closure for each county in the UK

Royal Mail, now fully privatised, provides the Universal Postal Service in the UK; its website details postal services and inland and international tariffs for letters and parcels*

Post Office Ltd, still publicly owned, has a nationwide network of branches, including 'outreach' and mobile services, with a contract to provide a 'shop window' for Royal Mail*

*Both Royal Mail's and Post Office Ltd's websites contain 'Branch Finder' tools for locating Post Office branches. Frequently they show different information from each other, show branches no longer open and omit branches that are open; they are not therefore reliable sources.

The BPS accepts no responsibility for the contents or availability of other websites

Page updated 2 July 2016