Start the year with a new resolution! Join the Polar Postal History Society and get access to the new issues of Polar Post for 2019 and all issues since 1953 in our polar library!

Welcome to the website of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain (PPHSGB) - the Society for collectors of Arctic and Antarctic Polar Postal History from around the World.

A warm welcome to the website of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain. The aims of the Society are to promote the study of postal history from the polar regions and to act as a meeting place where members can exchange information and learn more about their areas of interest. We welcome members from not just Great Britain but from all around the World!

I hope that you will browse the site and learn more about the Polar Postal History Society. You can find more information about the society and society events. The website features many fine examples of polar postal history from our member's collections from which you can learn from or just admire.  You can read about our informative magazine Polar Post and study all issues of the magazine since the society was founded in 1953! The latest polar news is available to read, auction information and results can be viewed, and publications purchased from our online polar shop. We provide links to other polar related websites that can help you with your collecting, and show you historical polar videos that we found interesting - if you would like your website to be added to our links please send us a message!

If you are interested in the Postal History of the Polar Regions, either North and South, please contact us for more information or better still fill out the application form and join our society. Please specify your range of interests on the application form, but whatever they are, you will be most welcome. Happy polar collecting!

Latest News

STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting 31st May 2019

We have arranged for a joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition, which takes place the 29 May to 2 June 2019 in central Stockholm. The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of London.

The joint meeting takes place as follows:

When: Friday 31 May 2019, 1pm to 4pm

Where: Exhibition venue, room 22 on level 2 (with seats for 30 people)

What: A number of displays, electronic and/or physical. Programme to be decided.

Cost: None

Followed by a joint dinner in the evening of the same day.

When: Friday 31 May 2019, 7pm

Where: To be decided, but in a restaurant in the local area close to the Exhibition.

Cost: Moderate, probably less than £50 per person including drinks.

Those interested in participating in one or both activities are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz (stefan@novastamps.com) so that we can get an idea about how many we might be. Anybody interested in giving a display can also contact Stefan as soon as possible. We are hoping to be able to reveal the full programme no later than March 2019, and details will be added to the website when available.

All the information about the exhibition can be found on their website: www.stockholmia2019.se

Stockholm-New York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight  Saturday 1st June 2019 10:00

One of esteemed members, Serge Kahn, will give a lecture in room 26 during Stockholmia entitled " Stockholm-New York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight". If any members of the society are visiting the exhibition then the lecture will be worth attending on the Saturday!

Polar Postal History Society of GB Annual General Meeting & London Spring Meeting 16th February 2019
The Polar Postal History Society held its AGM at Spring Stampex on Saturday 16th February with a good number of members in attendance. Further details of the meeting will follow on the website and in Polar Post.

Gold Medal for "Operation Tabarin" publication at Spring Stampex 16th February 2019

It is with pleasure that we announce the award of a Gold medal to our president, Gerry Pearce, for his book "Operation Tabarin and its Postal History" in the Philatelic Literature class at Stampex. Well done Gerry!

The book looks at the Operation from the aspect of the political importance of the special stamps produced, and mail sent and received through the operation of Post Offices at the permanently occupied Antarctic bases.

The book is available to order in the Polar Publications section.

Membership renewal form 18th November 2018

To make it easier for UK and overseas members to renew their subscriptions an online membership renewal form has now been added to the website. Payment can be made electronically so you do not have to leave you house to renew your membership of your favourite polar society!

Addition of Polar Books to the Polar Library  18th November 2018  

To make the library more useful a new category has now been added – Polar Books - with copyright restrictions over, many polar books from the classic period of polar exploration have been uploaded to the Library and are available for all members to read. Find out what Antarctic Penguins really get up to, discover why Robert Falcon Scott lost out to Roald Amundsen or just read a polar literary masterpiece such as Apsley Cherry Garrard’s “The Worst Journey in the World”. You can read all these books and more online in the Polar Library or download to your PC or tablet and read later. More books will be continually added over the next few months so check back regularly to discover new polar reads.

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Remember that to log-in to the Polar Library you just enter the e-mail address that you are registered with by the membership secretary, and password featured in the latest issue of Polar Post, into the Library log-in page accessible through the Members Section of the website.

19th – 21st October 2018  The Polar Postal History Society Cambridge Residential Weekend with the theme of "Americans in the Polar Regions" was enjoyed by all who attended. Some images of society members "in action" are shown below. Several of the displays featured Richard Byrd and some polar items from Byrd's expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic are featured on the left. A full report of all member's displays appears in the December issue of Polar Post.

12th August 2018: Launch of the Online Polar Post  Library

The Polar Postal History Society is pleased to announce the launch of the online Polar Post   Library. The Polar Postal History Library includes all issues of Polar Post from 1953 with lists of contents (where available) – that is over 250 issues!
Members can go directly to the Polar Post  library here or click on one of the 250 Polar Post  front covers to go directly to a specific issue.

As an added bonus, after extensive work by the editor of Polar Post,John Youle, issues from March 2007 to date have been converted into colour (where colour exists in the original article), and these updated colour versions can also be viewed in the library.
Read more in the Polar Post section!