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. 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 - 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.  In July 2022 BPS published a digital second edition of Paul Carter's 2012 comprehensive 'Krag Machine Postmarks of Great Britain & Ireland'.  More details can be found on the '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.

Our delayed 2022 Annual General Meeting was conducted via Zoom on 23 July.  No further meetings are scheduled for 2022, but members will be notified in Society News and/or by email and letter of meetings in 2023, including the AGM.


Page updated 24 July 2022