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

New meeting venue : Good news. Our Chairman Bob Medland has found a new meeting venue at the Harnham Scout Hall, Lower St ( off Harnham Road), Salisbury SP2 8HB. It has been necessary to change the date of the next meeting which will also be on a THURSDAY. Details are given below.

Other news: The Society has learnt of a new Swiss Philatelic Facebook Group following a communication from Robert Thornton. Although not promoted by the Helvetia Philatelic Society, it may be of interest to some members. Details of a hyperlink are included in the Useful Links section of this website.

Gold medal award: Fred Hoadley FRSL has been recognised by the Royal Philatelic Society of London for his contribution to the development of their website. Congratulations Fred! Some members may be unaware that he voluntarily has maintained the the newsletter index in recent years in support of the search engine. Just one of his many contributions to our Society.

Networking: News of Society members wider philatelic activities including contributions to other philatelic societies is always welcome.

Mike Sharp, second left, attended the Phila-Festival on 29/30 June in Brig, Valais, Switzerland. A notice of their event was posted in the May edition of the HPS Newsletter.

Seen in the photograph with Jean-Louis Emmenegger the Editor in Chief of the philatelic magazine Rhône Philatelie, Pierre Jeanfauve president of the Entente (publisher of Rhône Philatelie) and Jean-Louis Borter president of the Philatelic Club of Brig and the exhibition organising committee. 

Regional Meetings

Southern Group:

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 24th October 2019 commencing at 10.30 am at the Harnham Scout Hall, Lower St ( off Harnham Road), Salisbury SP2 8HB.

The programme will include opportunities for members to display any material with a Swiss connection, including recent acquisitions, from their own collections. It is also an excellent opportunity to seek opinions about queries and share research findings. Guests are welcome.

Please remember to contact Werner Gattiker in advance if planning to attend to facilitate the catering arrangements.

Apologies also appreciated from regular attendees, please email :-  werner@swissstamps.co.uk

Midlands and the North Group:

A successful inaugural meeting organised by Peter Berck was held in October at the Eaton Hotel, 279 Hagley Road in Birmingham. The venue found favour with participants who reported easy access whether by public transport from New Street railway station or by car from the nearby motorway network.

Unfortunately, no arrangements for a further meeting are yet possible. Suggested venues have been confounded by issues of accessibility or costs.

Annual Meeting and AGM.

Planning for the 2020 event is now under consideration.

The challenge, as always  is finding  an attractive and , of course, affordable venue accessible  to as many members of the society as would want to attend. The East Midlands area  has suggested as suitable geographic location. Views from those members previously unable to attend are welcome.

‘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.

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