Philatelic Congress of Great Britain

ABPS Philatelic Weekend 2021  **CANCELLED**

  The Three Swans Hotel

Regrettably, due to the continuing problems caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, this event, planned for March 2021 has also had to be cancelled.

Harrogate Congress 2021, the 103rd Congress

23 – 26 September 2021

     Harrogate Crowne Plaza Hotel

Planning is now underway for the 103rd Philatelic Congress of Great Britain, which in 2021 will be held in Harrogate 23-26 September. The hotel booked for the event is the Crowne Plaza. Already the Congress committee have been joined by local members who will help in the planning of the event. The Congress will be a significant milestone as it sees the centenary of the signing of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP).  Also, because the 2020 Congress was cancelled there will be two groups signing the roll – the RDPs from 2020 and those elected in 2021!

Booking forms for this event will be available shortly – but do get the dates in your diary now!

For further details or to register your interest, please contact Steven Harrison, ABPS Vice Chairman, by email at or by telephone on 0121 313 0671.


Congress Information

Kay Goodman
Memorial Lecture 2018: The Future of Philately

This detailed paper by the W4 group for Congress 2018 can be downloaded below.

The Future of Philately As Seen in 2018 (77 downloads)

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.

The 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 the download link below.

100 Years Of The Philatelic Congress (127 downloads)


For those with a special interest in the history and the collection of memorabilia connected with the PCGB, there is a Society that you can join to find out much more about the events. Follow the “Philatelic Congress of GB Study Group” on Facebook.

Congress 100 years cover