Philatelic Congress of Great Britain

Congress 2020

The 2020 Philatelic Congress in Market Harborough planned for 3-6 September 2020 has been cancelled because of the current Coronavirus situation.

However, it has been agreed to hold an ABPS Stamp Weekend in Market Harborough at The Three Swans Hotel on Saturday 20 March and Sunday 21 March 2021.

  The Three Swans Hotel

The 2021 Philatelic Congress will be held in Harrogate in July 2021.

For further enquiries please contact the Chairman of Congress, Gerald Marriner via email.

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 (22 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 (27 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