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Philatelic Congress of GB


This detailed paper by the W4 group for Congress 2018 - The Future of Philately As Seen in 2018 - can be downloaded from this link (553Kb PDF, 26pp).

Congress 2018

This will be held at the Jurys Inn, Gateshead Quays
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July 2018

The History of Congress

Maintaining a long tradition, each year the ABPS organises the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.

The first Philatelic Congress of Great Britain was held in Manchester in 1909. Barring interruptions due to war, they have been held annually ever since. The venue moves each year. Congress is the opportunity to meet with fellow collectors for a relaxing few days in pleasant surroundings. The events include discussions, displays and visits, plus the ever-enjoyable Congress Banquet.

100 years of the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain, 1909-2009The highlight for many is the occasion at which both the Congress Medal is presented, and the new signatories to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists are invited to sign the Roll. More often than not, this is linked with a reception hosted by the town or city in which the Congress is held.

Other organisations, particularly the major stamp auction houses, also often host special events during the Congress.

Congress provides an ideal way of enjoying oneself in the company of fellow collectors.

A fully illustrated history of "100 years of the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain, 1909-2009" was published by Colin Searle for the ABPS in 2009 (ISBN 978-0-9561905-0-5). An index to the people mentioned in this book is available by clicking here.

Congress Events
The 2017 Philatelic Congress was held in Cardiff from Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.

The 2018 Philatelic Congress will be held in Gateshead from Thursday 26 July to Sunday 29 July 2018

Further details available from Gerald Marriner (gerald.marriner@gmail.com)
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