Philatelic Congress of Great Britain


Philatelic Congress of Great Britain 2024

11th to 14th July 2024, Southampton

This year’s Philatelic Congress of Great Britain is being held in Southampton from 11th to 14th July at the Leonardo Grand Harbour Hotel.

The programme has as its theme “Exploring New Directions in Philately”. We will share the latest developments and best practices in philately. This is an event for everyone with an interest in philately with displays by local collectors as well as leading overseas collectors.

This is a very friendly and sociable event which welcomes all collectors for the full programme or just as a day visitor. Please come along and meet some new friends. There are many options for accommodation including the prestigious Leonardo Grand Harbour Hotel itself or other local hotels and B&Bs located nearby, making the event accessible for all.

For more information contact Steven Harrison, Chairman of ABPS, by emailing him at or calling him on 0121 313 0671.

For a copy of the booking form and the draft Congress programme please go to:


Booking Form






Congress Information

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 and pandemics, 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 the Congress Medal is presented.

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.

For those with a special interest in the history and the collection of memorabilia connected with the PCGB, there is a Study Group that you can join to find out much more about the events.

Follow the Philatelic Congress of GB Study Group on Facebook.

You can also find information about Congress on a dedicated website