Philatelic Congress of Great Britain

The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain, one of the highlights of the British philatelic calendar, takes place in Kenilworth next week. Amongst the special guest speakers is our Curator of Philately Douglas Muir who will speak on the work of Bertram Mackennal, designer of stamps, coins and medals during the reign of King George V.

Bertram Mackennal’s “Seahorses” stamp design, issued 1913

Bertram Mackennal’s “Seahorses” stamp design, issued 1913

Bertram Mackennal’s most admired stamp design was for the “Seahorses” High Values, originally issued by the Post Office on 30th June 1913. This design was seen as revolutionary for its time, being the first British stamp to bear a pictorial illustration alongside the monarch’s head and the value. In many ways it can be said to be the pre-cursor to the first British commemorative stamp, issued to celebrate the opening of the British Empire Exhibition 11 years later.

Other speakers at this year’s Congress of Great Britain will also cover stamps and postal history from the era of George V. In addition there will be a number of static displays, society meetings and social events taking place throughout the three-day event.

The full programme of events and booking details for the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain can be found on the Association of British Philatelic Societies website.

5 responses to “Philatelic Congress of Great Britain

  1. sirs, I have in my possession a silver medal 70mmx45mm awarded to wilfrid Haworth dated 1909 along with 2 other awards to the same person . could you kindly advise if these are of interest to your society or society members images are available if required

    • Nicholas Rogers, FSA

      I would be interested in receiving further details of these awards to Wilfrid Haworth. Charles Wilfrid Buckenham Haworth (1891-1960) was a member of Sidney Sussex College , Cambridge. We are at present gathering biographical information about members of the College who matriculated in the period 1901-1920.

  2. sirs I have a medal1909 awarded to w Haworth is this of interest to you

  3. Charles Wilfred Buckenham Haworth was the Keeper o the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists 1926-1929. I am his resent successor. I am sure that the medal would be of interest to the museum of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

    • Charles Wilfred Buckenham Haworth was the Keeper o the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists 1926-1929. I am his present successor. I am sure that the medal would be of interest to the museum of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

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