How do I start a stamp collection?

Keeping the stamps from the letters you receive at home is a good start – but you should ask your parents before taking the stamps off the envelopes.

Ask your neighbours, relatives and friends to save stamps from their letters for you.

Save as many stamps as possible. That way you will see which you like best. You might prefer stamps that show a particular subject, like animals or aircraft.

Once you have chosen what you will collect, you may well have many stamps which you find you no longer need. You can use these to swap stamps with your friends, and so acquire stamps which you would like to own.

Many large newsagents sell packets of stamps. You may find a packet which has stamps on the theme you have chosen.