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

Polar Postal History Society of GB Annual General Meeting & London Spring Meeting
Saturday 16th February 2019 at Spring Stampex in Room “F” between 12:00 and 14:00.
The Secretary, Robert Hurst, announces that The Polar Postal History Society will hold its AGM at Spring Stampex, the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, England - N1 0QH. All members of the Society are encouraged to attend and are entitled to vote as necessary. Items for inclusion in the agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Robert H. HURST, 3 Bletchingley Road, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3HT, by: 1st February 2019. ( E MAIL:

We would like to see as many members as possible at the AGM. The Society needs your ideas and comments. If you wish yourself to be put forward or nominate another member for the committee please apply to the Secretary for a nomination form which must be completed and returned by 1st February 2019. Please note that you must have the consent of the member to be nominated and the nominated member must be seconded by another member of the Society.
Following the AGM, there will be a short time for a Bring & Buy Session. Following this, there will be time for displays. Please bring material along with you for display, even just a few sheets. Please inform Robert Hurst in advance if you intend to bring a display with you.

Agenda for the AGM

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the Previous AGM held on 17th February 2018

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes

4. Reports of Society Officers for 2018

5. Election of Committee

6. Membership Subscription Rates for 2020

7. Future of PPHSGB Residential Weekends

8. Any Other Business

18th November The December issue of Polar Post  has now been added to the Polar Post Library. This latest issue is being posted out to members this week and will arrive shortly!

18th November Membership renewal form

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!

18th November Addition of Polar Books to the Polar Library 

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!