Our Society

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The British Postmark Society (BPS) was founded on 1st January 1958, and thus we celebrated our Diamond Jubilee in 2018. 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. 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.

Membership is open to students and collectors of British postmarks throughout the world - see the Membership page. 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.

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

MidPex 2021 at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 3 July 2021 will being going ahead as planned. The British Postmark Society will be present on Stand B20, and will also be holding a meeting of members' displays from 12.00 to 13.00 in Meeting Room 1. All members and prospective members will be welcome.  If you are interested in British postmarks, come along and see if the BPS is for you. Free sample copies of our journal will be available, plus details of the many free publications available as digital downloads (PDF files).


Page updated 20 June 2021