What is the PPHSGB?

Why you should join the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain!

If you collect stamps and covers from the polar regions, or are interested in polar exploration, vintage postcards or polar history then why not join our society, the oldest polar postal history society in the world. You will be most welcome!


The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain (PPHSGB) was founded in 1952 by Harry Evans. Over the years the Society has added to the initial area of collecting of the Heroic Age / Classic Polar Exploration (which includes Scott’s and Shackleton’s expeditions) to incorporate not only more modern postal history but also postcards, new issues, cinderella and thematic collecting. The Society now has a membership of over 200 worldwide, and recent auction realisations confirm Polar Philately retains a strong following.

The aims of the Society are to promote the general study of the Postal History of the Polar and Sub-Polar regions and to act as a medium whereby collectors of this material may correspond, exchange and acquire items for their collections and to obtain information about these areas.

The PPHSGB issues its journal Polar Post quarterly, A4 size, covering items of interest from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Geographically this encompasses the British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands’ Dependencies, especially Base & Survey related items, Gough Island, Australian Antarctic (AAT) and French Antarctic (TAAF), Ross Dependency, South Georgia, Belgian/ Chinese/ Dutch/ German/ Italian/ Japanese/ Scandinavian/ South African/ South American/ Spanish/ USA bases/expeditions in the Antarctic, and many other countries maintaining a presence in the far South.

In the Northern Hemisphere, items from the arctic area of Northern Scandinavian countries (including Greenland), Russia, Alaska, and Canada fall within the Society’s area of interest.

Thematic topics covered include polar exploration, penguins, seals & whaling, polar shipping and aviation.

If you are interested in collecting Polar material you are invited to join The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain. Please fill in the online application form, or download and  and send it with your subscription to the Membership Secretary Robert McMillan. You will be assured of a warm welcome whether you are an experienced collector or a beginner!

Annual subscriptions fall due on 1 January. Those joining in the course of the year will receive all the issues of Polar Post for that year to date, then editions of the journal as they are published.

The PPHSGB is a member of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS).

What are the Benefits of Membership of the Polar Postal History Society?

Membership Benefits
Once your membership has been confirmed, you will receive:  

- Polar Post, the Society’s journal published quarterly.
- Access to the largest polar postal history galleries on the Internet
- View some of the greatest polar postal history exhibits and learn how to exhibit yourself. Have your own exhibit featured online
- Information on your specialised polar collecting area
- Read the latest polar news discovered on the Internet
- Advance information on polar postal history auctions around the world, with summaries of the results

- Participate in auctions from society members with the PPHSGB Auctions.
- Information on the most recently published polar books, and details of where to order
- Links to everything polar around the Internet. We find it for you and put it all in one place, so you don’t have to search!
- Residential Weekends held every 2 to 3 years, typically in the autumn and usually located in Cambridge, England

PPHSGB News - Members Section of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain to be launched in September 2018

In order to give additional benefits for membership of the Polar Postal History Society, a new members section will be launched later in 2018.

This section will provide:

- Access to Full Colour versions of the current issue, and recently issued, Polar Post magazines

- Access to all previous issues of Polar Post. That is over 250 magazines published since 1953 with thousands of articles from the premier polar postal historians over the past 60 years!

- Articles extracted from Polar Post on your specialised polar collecting area. Discover what previous generations of members have already researched.

- Access to the largest polar postal history research database on the Internet with images

-  Access to an electronic polar library with links to view and download polar papers and historical polar books

- PPHSGB member directory, sorted by collecting interest, for those members that wish to communicate with fellow members and share research

- Access to research study groups in various areas of polar postal history

- Ask an expert if you have a polar postal history question. Contact the primary collectors in your field and benefit from their experience

- Renew your membership online

- Receive regular newsletters with the latest society news, if signed up

Full information to be presented in the September issue of Polar Post!

Contact the Polar Postal History Society