Helvetia Philatelic Society of Great Britain

for stamps and postal history of Switzerland

Founded over 70 years ago, we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming society for collectors and students of Swiss stamps and postal history. Our membership is located both in the UK and throughout the world. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join and participate in our activities. To find out more, click here.

What’s New

Regional Meetings

28th September 2017: special invitation for HPS members to a presentation at the RPSL by Jean Voruz (Vice-President of the Consilium Philateliae Helveticae) For more details see here.

The next all-day meeting of the Southern Group will be held on Saturday 7th October 2017, commencing at 10.00am, at The Three Crowns Southampton Road, Whaddon, Salisbury SP5 3HB.

All are welcome.

The next meeting of the Northern Group will be on 4th November 2017  covering new acquisitions & members’ choice (Northern Group)

Click here to see the programme of Society events for 2017/2018. Further updates will follow in due course.

Annual Meeting and AGM 2018

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn, Nottingham on Saturday21st/ Sunday22nd April.

Further details and booking arrangements will be advised in a future newsletter.

Art, Crafts & Design:

Richard Donithorn, the Society’s Editor, has produced another extremely useful document listing all Swiss stamps with a subject of Art, Crafts, and/or Designs. Zumstein catalogue numbers are used throughout, and the article will be of particular benefit to thematic collectors.
Click here here for more detail.

Swiss Trial Prints

The 7th Edition (September 2015) of Swiss Trial Prints, produced by Derrick Slate, has now been added to the website. Click here for the Swiss Trial Prints Catalogue to view and download the 164-page catalogue for free.

Good To Know

A series of informative articles written by HPS member and expert Werner Gattiker. Appearing in the newsletter from 2012 onwards, these help collectors identify and separate those ‘difficult’ stamp issues. For example, the Rayon Issues of 1850-1852 have various ‘types’ derived from the lithograph printing stones use. ‘Type Tables’ for Rayons I, II, and III can be found here on the website.

Join Us

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Why not join our Society, and enjoy all the benefits that membership offers.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01453  76 67 51


Click on the thumbnails below to find out more about early Swiss stamps.

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Membership of our Society has many benefits including a monthly newsletter, regional and national meetings, a superb lending library etc.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01453  76 67 51