Helvetia Philatelic Society

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

May / June 2022

Helvetia Society Annual National Meeting 23-24 April 2022

The Society’s Annual National Meeting took place over the weekend 23/ 24 April 2022, at the Stonehouse Court Hotel near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

There were some wonderful displays (more about the displays in the upcoming newsletters). There was also a very successful club Auction with many interesting lots and at affordable prices. Bob Medland our Chairman for the last 3 years has come to the end of his term of office but will continue as Society Librarian and Zoom-master.

These are three examples of the books Bob brought to meeting. The full list of books in the Library is on this website https://swiss-philately.co.uk/library/. If you are planning to compile an expert display it is really worthwhile looking to see what is in our library to help with your write up. If you are not a member of the society and would like to borrow books from our library it is easy to join and our subscription rate is only ten pounds if you opt for no paper but electronic copies of our newsletter.

 Upcoming Helvetia Philatelic Society meetings

  • The next face to face is planned to be in the Scout Hall in Salisbury on June 11
  • The next online zoom meeting will be at 18.45 on May 24th .


These are proving very popular with 20 or more participants each time. One advantage of zoom presentation is that everyone can see the exhibits in great detail and sometimes with greater clarity that when exhibited in a frame.

Expressions of interest from those who have not yet participated can be directed through the Society’s Secretary, Mike Sharp. Bob Medland will publish joining instructions to known participants only, in due course. If you would like to offer a display – long, short or even just one item – please let Bob know at least five days in advance chairman@swiss-philately.co.uk

18 – 22 May  Helvetia 2022 Lugano

The first Swiss International Stamp Exhibition for more than fifty years will be held in beautiful Lugano next to its eponymous lake in the Canton of Ticino. It will be held at Padiglione Conza, Lugano’s fairground and convention centre, which has space for approximately 2000 exhibition frames. Fine wines, good food, a stunning setting, and just over an hour by train from Milan, makes it well worth a short break to include the exhibition.

Check Covid travel regulations before going to a meeting- for Switzerland https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home

News of these and other meetings can be seen with more details on the Association of British Philatelic Societies website www.abps.org.uk

The latest offerings from the Swiss PTT

Members Area?

Your committee are discussing the creation of a members area. In this we could have the most recent newsletter and also members displays. What do you think of this idea?

Helvetia Society Subscriptions 2022

The Membership Subscription is only 10 Pounds – for this you will receive electronic copies of the Helvetia News Letter, the right to participate in Society physical and online meetings and you can participate in the Society exchange packet.  If you wish to receive posted copies of the Helvetia Society Newsletter the subscription rates are as follows £22 p.a for Great Britain, £26 p.a for Europe, £30 p.a. for Rest of the World. We welcome membership from anyone anywhere in the world who is interested in Swiss Philately. There is an application from you can download if you click the Join us tab.

Our Website – Please, please  

Let me know how I can improve our website. I will be especially grateful for any notification of any errors or difficulties you encounter. Tim Hargreave webmaster@swiss-philately.co.uk 


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

01905 423091


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

01905 423091