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

Announcement: please note the changed venue for the 2019 Spring meeting and AGM.
The planned meeting at the Abbey Hotel, Malvern has been abandoned in favour of a return to the Stonehouse Court Hotel, Stonehouse , Gloucestershire.

Regional Meetings

Southern Group: The next all day meeting will be held on Saturday 20th October  2018 commencing at 10.00am at The Three Crowns Southampton Road, Whaddon, Salisbury SP5 3HB.

The main theme for this meeting is Charity Stamps and Cards. Eric Gill is our main speaker giving us an overall view of Pro Juventute and Pro Patria issues in the morning, while the afternoon is open for participating members to show some of their treasures, preferably with a charity stamps angle. This meeting coincides with one of the largest stamp fairs outside London being held at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury, on Friday & Saturday, Oct 19-20, and some members might want to extend their visit to our meeting into a whole philatelic week-end. Further information from Werner Gattiker, 01273 842 135 or werner@swisstamps.co.uk .

Midlands and the North Group:

A new Group Meeting – Midlands and the North

Since the folding of the original Northern Group, announced at our AGM, we have been examining the options to assist members in meeting up in the Midlands and North of England. Our membership is spread far and wide across the United Kingdom, so finding a venue suited to all is a challenge.

Our member Peter Berck has found a venue at 279 Hagley Road in Birmingham which seems to be suitable as a trial – the Eaton Hotel. We have fixed a date – Saturday 6th October – for an all day meeting; 11am to 4 pm (coffee from 10.30am). I urge all of you who might have an interest to attend. The subject is likely to be Member’s Choices, so allowing anyone to show material at whatever standard you like. The charge will be a very reasonable £15 to include tea/coffee and a lunch.

The venue is easily reached by car from the M5 motorway [about 20 minutes] and there is a good bus service from New Street station [ or taxi] which is well served by train from all parts of the country.

If a straw poll shows that a better located venue would draw more members, then further consideration can be given at our meeting to a new area of search.

Please make the effort to attend – it should be very worth while.

Well done, Peter.

Neville Nelder (Secretary)

Annual Meeting and AGM 2019

Arrangements have been made for this two day event to be held at the Stonehouse Court Hotel, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire on the weekend of 6/7th April 2019.

The meeting starts at 10 am on the Saturday and finishes about 4 pm on the Sunday.

Further details will be published in the newsletter at a later date.

‘Any philatelist interested in this or any other meeting is invited to make expressions of interest through the Secretary, Neville Nelder. secretary@swiss-philately.co.uk

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 765937


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 765937