British Philatelic Bulletin

The British Philatelic Bulletin is the official publication of the Royal Mail aimed at stamp collectors.

A recent edition of the Bulletin.

The Bulletin gives detailed information about future British stamp issues and also features articles about past issues from noted philatelists.


The Bulletin was first published in September 1963, not long after the formation of the Philatelic Bureau on 1 May, and it has been a monthly publication almost from the start. Early editions were simple publications, type-written on Bureau notepaper in A4 size. Later editions have been professionally produced in colour in A5 size. Originally it was published by the GPO and then by Royal Mail. The Royal Philatelic Society London has a complete archive of this publication and its index is available online.


The Royal Mail editor is Tim Noble,.[1] The philatelist John Holman served as editor from 1988 to 2010, after which Kathryn Reilly took the reigns. Previous editors included Frank Langfield, Archie Page, Frank Brench, John Memmott, Charles Gowen and Douglas Muir.[2]

Postmark Bulletin

A sister publication has been produced since 1971 known as the Postmark Bulletin which provides a guide to upcoming British commemorative postmarks.


  1. British Philatelic Bulletin, Vol. 51, No. 5, January 2014, p. 131.
  2. Retrieved 9 October 2010.