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Philatelic Congress of GB

Congress 2020

The 2020 Philatelic Congress will be held at the Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough from Thursday 3 September to Sunday 6 September 2020. (The date is later than usual because of London 2020.)

The hotel is in the middle of this delightful market town. There is adequate car parking. There is a station nearby and East Midlands Railways run a fast service from London St Pancras direct to Market Harborough.

The programme is now being arranged and will include the Kay Goodman lecture as usual, and will also include a series of presentations by members of The Pacific Islands Study Circle. The RDP ceremony will take place during London 2020, however the award of the 2020 Congress Medal will take place during Congress.

Booking forms will be sent out shortly to those attending Congress in the past.

For further enquiries please contact the Chairman of Congress, Gerald Marriner via email (gerald.marriner@gmail.com).

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

Kay Goodman
Memorial Lecture 2018

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).

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