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  ABPSThe Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS)

The ABPS actively represents the interests of UK collectors and societies at home and abroad.For more information, contact the membership secretary, Barry Stagg


ABPS is the main sponsor of the Stamp Active Website.

       Stanley GibbonsStanley Gibbons

Stanley Gibbons are the main sponsor of the British Youth Stamp Championships and the Starter Packs for junior and school stamp clubs.Founded in 1856, Stanley Gibbons is established as the most well-known, respected and trusted name in philately and collectibles. With over 3 million stamps in stock and the complete range of philatelic services, the business has grown to become the largest name in philately, serving both collectors and investors alike.

      PTS-smallThe Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS)

The PTS is the main sponsor of the youth area at Spring and Autumn Stampex, the UK’s premier philatelic exhibition, held twice a year at The Business Design Centre, London.

   GBPSGreat Britain Philatelic Society (GBPS) 

The GBPS is the main sponsor of the Stamp Active Competition held at Spring Stampex.The GBPS was founded in 1955 by a small but enthusiastic group of collectors. Since then it has grown steadily to over 700 members both in this country and abroad.The Society’s primary aim is to promote, encourage and contribute to the advancement of the philately of Great Britain. The GBPS now covers all aspects of GB philately: stamps, postal history, postal stationery, booklets, college stamps, revenues, telegraphs, and philatelic conservation.

     Guernsey Post Guernsey Post

Guernsey Post enjoys worldwide renown for its regular new issues of Guernsey and Alderney stamps. This global reputation has built up over the decades thanks to the work of our dedicated Philatelic Bureau.

     NPs_side_buttonThe National Philatelic Society (NPS)

One of the largest general philatelic societies in the UK with a superb philatelic library of over 7000 books and runs of up to 1000 periodicals. Monthly meetings with a large auction and excellent philatelic displays. All members receive the bi-monthly magazine, Stamp Lover, and the philatelic book sales list. There are also three Society packet circuits where members buy and sell. See the website for more details.

           RPSLThe Philatelic Fund

The Philatelic Fund has replaced The British Philatelic Trust as the charity that looks to support educational objectives through philately. The scheme is administered by The Royal Philatelic Society, London, under the chairmanship of Christine Earle.

  Oxford PSOxford Philatelic Society

The Oxford Philatelic Society was founded in 1890. We have about sixty members and our monthly meetings are attended by an average of twenty five. We are pleased to be able to support the Stamp Active Network due to a legacy left by member and former leader of Oxford City Council, Stan Taylor (1940-2008), to promote Stamp Collecting amongst the young people of Oxford. Details of our newly published “History” book and of our current activities are available on our website:

     Manchester & District Philatelic Traders Association

The association was formed over 50 years ago with the object of promoting the hobby of Stamp Collecting in the Manchester area, and to promote trading between members and to the public via stamp fairs. 
 German & Colonies Philatelic Society

Join one of the leading philatelic societies in the UK with a worldwide membership and share your collecting interests with other like-minded enthusiasts. The aims of the Society are to advance the research into the promotion of German philately and to assist collectors of German philatelic material in the greater enjoyment of the hobby.

In our website you will find details about: Our prize-winning magazine, Germania, how to access our well-stocked library (UK members only), join in the members’ forum for our local or specialist study groups, our exchange packet service (UK members only), Society’s postal auction,  joining the Society.



The Insurance & Banking Philatelic Society of Great Britain 
     IOM LogoIsle of Man Stamps & Coins

Isle of Man stamp and coin collecting is the perfect way to discover what makes the Island so special. Our international award-winning stamp issues are recognised worldwide for innovation and we pride ourselves that our customer-first policy is second to none.

     Bill BarrellBill Barrell

We deal in postal history and stamps of GREAT BRITAIN from earliest times to date with the accent on quality and the unusual.  We specialise in Queen Victoria line engraved 1d blacks, 1d reds – all printings, surface printed including rarities, cancellations and also keep a stock of out of print philatelic books.

    BBBB Stamps

Great Britain 1840 to date, mint and used. Free 64 page price list available on request.

    BECKETT PHILATELICSBeckett PhilatelicsTrade Sales Only 

All World – All Periods – Stamps, Covers and Collections

   Mark BloxhamMark Bloxham

Great Britain – all pre-decimal issues stocked including world rarities. Particular strength in line-engarved with 1000 Penny Blacks in stock.



Tristan Brittain runs regular stamp fairs in Oxford at the Women’s Institute Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, Oxford OX2 0LT

Call 07957 158299 for details or see stamp fair diaries

   STAMP INSURANCE  SERVICESStamp Insurance Services

Schemes available for private collectors in the UK, while in premises, or on display or exhibition anywhere in Europe. Plus schemes available for collectable dealers, collector societies, railway clubs and societies.

      PrintBuckingham Covers

Buckingham Covers are world famous for their new issue First Day Covers and the signatures they get on them, but we also buy and sell covers going back to Queen Victoria, plus many other themes and signed covers. Free samples copies of our magazines are available on request.


The BPA Expert Committee was formed nearly ninety years ago. That first Committee was formed exclusively of those who earned their living through stamps – professional philatelists – who gave their time for nothing. Now, nearly a century later, nothing has changed, save the quantity of stamps to be expertised and the amount of time given without remuneration.The original aim was to provide collectors with the opinions of those whose daily work was the handling of stamps, and whose practical experience of the forgers and repairers devilry was, in consequence, inevitably superior even to the most knowledgeable amateur. Again, nothing has changed.


   Candlish McCleery

Candlish McCleery

Great Britain Stamps 1840-1970

Candlish McCleery Ltd  was established in 1975. We deal exclusively in Great Britain Postage Stamps from 1840 to 1970, specialising in the reigns of King George V to King George VI. We are under the personal management of Ross and Chris Candlish with over 40 years experiance in the Stamp Trade and are members of the PTS and ASDA. Proofs, Essays, Colour Trials, Controls, Varieties, Booklets, Booklet Panes, Coil Leaders, Literature. Send for free illustrated list. Email:

     CorbittsCorbitt Stamps Ltd

Philatelic Auctioneers, Experts and Valuers

     John CurtinJohn Curtin

We specialise in buying and selling World and Commonwealth collections. We also buy and sell discount postage stamps from most countries with a strong currency.

    Eric Paul Stamps Eric Paul Stamps

We have good stocks of IMPERFS & PERFS both UNPLATED & PLATED Including the RARE PLATES 175,176 AND 177 IMPERF with RPS Certificate as well as the GARDINER HILL collection of the First Perforated Issues & INVERTED WATERMARKS from the whole range. We also offer stamps from later periods of Great Britain up to George V Including Great Britain Used Abroad.

     EmbassyEmbassy Philatelists

lassic Great Britain. Basic items and rarities.

   GrosvenorGrosvenor Philatelic Auctions

Philatelic Auctioneers, Experts and Valuers

       Andrew LajerAndrew Lajer

Specilaist in stamps of Great Britain with emphasis on the unusual, 1840 to 1951, including postal history, proofs, trial and issued stamps.

   Tony Lester

Whether buying or selling, you can be sure of a friendly and helpful service. Free auction catalogues to buyers on request. Live bidding via the EasyLive website. We also buy collections of GB and World collections and can travel to buy suitable lots. Established over 40 years. PTS member.

      Bill PipeThe Magpie (Bill Pipe)

Stamp Dealer & Auctions

  Malaya Study Group

The Malaya Study Group is the specialist society for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia plus territories formerly administered by the Straits Settlements and overprinted Straits Settlements stamps used in the British Post Office in Bangkok.

   MMartello Philatelic Auctions

Martello Philatelic Auctions offer a friendly and professional approach. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the sale of your collection either by outright purchase, or by public auction. We hold 4 public auctions a year which are also streamed live on the internet, Please refer to our website for details. Contact either Andrew Curd or Robert Uden on 01303 269712. We look forward to hearing from you.


Philangles Ltd is a well-established firm of stamp dealers and Philatelic Auctioneers founded in 1990. Experts in selling unusual material, stamps, postal history, collections, ephemera and topical. Every four weeks we offer over 1800 different lots:- collections, boxed lots, individual country and specialised studies, single stamps, postal history- anything philatelic.

  PrintPurves Philatelics

Dealers in fine British Commonwealth by mail order or through our website.


Established 1958. Buy and sell Great Britain, British Commonwealth and Foreign stamps – competitive prices, 200 page price list available free on request. Visit our website. Look at EBay special offers. Compare and Save! Visit us at Stampex twice a year.Rushstamps (Retail) Ltd, PO Box 1, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PPEmail enquiries:

Postal History with fine stamps on cover. Specialising in quality GB items. Now also Foreign and Commonwealth sections.
     David Shaw
David Shaw 
Dealer in GB & World Postal History
Renowned Auctioneers with regular sales in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA. Valuations undertaken for sale by auction and private treaty.


T & T Auctions: Contact James Cook Telephone: 01892 529898

Professional Auctioneers, Experts and Valuers



Mark Taylor is a professional philatelist specialising in commonwealth stamps.


Tel: 020 7226 1563



ThematiX are delighted to support the Stamp Active venture for children in philately. We are two dealers based in Chessington and Basingstoke and specialise in Commonwealth and Foreign thematics and new issues. We are happy to deal with customers of all ages (2 to 102).  Bob, Paula & Phil

Martin Townsend: Great Britain stamps 1840 to 1940, including proofs, specimens, colour trials etc. Great Britain postal history including Mulready’s, Ship Letters, Counties, Channel Islands. Exhibition quality material available. 
Universal Philatelic Auctions
Philatelic Auctioneers, Experts and Valuers
      Andrew Vaughan
 Andrew Vaughan
Great Britain comprehensive stock of mint and used with emphasis on superb quality.