British Postmark Society

The British Postmark Society (BPS) was founded on 1st January 1958. The BPS exists to promote and to co-ordinate the study and collection of British postal markings (particularly of the 20th and 21st centuries), and the means and mechanisms by which they are applied, and to publish and disseminate the results of our studies. The BPS Journal is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October.  For a free sample copy, please contact us by email at - a printed copy can be sent if you provide a postal address, while a PDF copy can be sent to your preferred email address.

Our members' interests include hand and machine datestamps, slogan and special event postmarks, explanatory and instructional labels and markings, Post Office and Post & Go (Self-Service) postage labels, Royal Mail Online Postage indicia, and printed postage impressions of Royal Mail and other licensed postal operators ("C9" licences).

Membership is open to students and collectors of British postmarks throughout the world. The Society's publications include the quarterly British Postmark Society Journal, and a number of books about different types of postmark - see the Publications page. These include catalogues of slogan and special event postmarks, which are now also available in PDF format as free downloads - see the Digital Publications page.  In July 2022 BPS published a second edition of Paul Carter's 2012 Krag Machine Postmarks of Great Britain & Ireland. More details can be found on the Machine Cancellations page (where a free download is available in PDF format).

The "Links" page contains links to websites which may be of interest to collectors and students of postmarks and postal history.  These include links to Ken Smith's county lists of Post Offices in the UK, past and present, and to Colin Fountain & John Hine's site which aims to record and illustrate as many as possible of the postmarks used at Post Offices in Gloucestershire.

Our 2023 Annual General Meeting was conducted in June via Zoom, as in 2022.  However, there was an opportunity for present and prospective members to meet at Midpex on 1 July 2023.  We had a table in the Specialist Societies' section of this biennial stamp and postal history fair, held at Warwickshire Event Centre on the Fosse Way (B4455/A425 junction) near Leamington Spa.  Future meetings will be announced here.

Page updated September 2023