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

Southern Group: The next all day meeting will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018 commencing at 10.00am at The Three Crowns Southampton Road, Whaddon, Salisbury SP5 3HB.

Further meetings are arranged at the same venue for 2nd June and 20th October 2018.

For further details, please contact Werner Gattiker. werner@swisstamps.co.uk

Northern Group: The next meeting will be held at the Corporation Mill, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire  at 2pm on 7th April 2018. Please contact David Hope for further details. chairman@swiss-philately.co.uk

Annual Meeting and AGM 2018

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn, Nottingham on Saturday 21st/ Sunday 22nd April 2018.

The mixed programme begins at 9.45am and extends over both days concluding on Sunday afternoon at 15.30 pm. All participants are cordially invited to the Society Dinner on the Saturday evening. There is also a brief formal AGM on the Sunday morning ahead of the presentations. Full details are recorded in the January 2018 newsletter. For registration, please contact Norton Wragg. treasurer@swiss-philately.co.uk

All are welcome to attend especially those who may not yet have had an opportunity to participate in previous events. The informal arrangements provide an excellent forum for sharing knowledge and making new acquaintances.

Any other philatelists interested in the meeting, perhaps a prospective member, are 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