About the Circle
The Modern British Philatelic Circle (MBPC) came into being on 1 January 2006 as the result of a merger between two long-established and respected societies, one specialising in stamp books, the Great Britain Decimal Stamp Book Study Circle (GB DSB SC) and the other in sheet issues, the British Decimal Stamps Study Circle (BDSSC). The new Circle’s scope was extended to cover all stamps and related material issued during the present reign. Its affairs are administered by a Committee elected each year by the membership. Detailed annual accounts and reports of the Officers are published in ‘The Bookmark’ Journal
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This award winning Journal had been produced by GB DSB SC since 1971 and MBPC continues to publish six editions every year. All new issue reports are supported by illustrations and diagrams where appropriate. The conclusions gained from research are included as soon as the results are available, enabling members to search for any elusive material that may exist. Technical articles for the collector who wishes to specialise in greater depth are regularly included. The Journal also deals with peripheral items relating to the stamp issues – for example, packaging, point of sale material etc. Members are encouraged to air their views, share their research and findings and to submit articles for publication to the Editor.
Members have the ability to download the Journal, in colour, from the website. This option also has the added benefit of having a cheaper annual subscription because it avoids extra costs for printing and postage fees and more important it is also good for our environment.
Membership of the Circle offers the opportunity to purchase its exclusive award-winning ‘The Bookmark’ Catalogue covering all aspects of decimal stamp books. Currently available are the 7th edition, covering the whole range (issued 2000) and two volumes of the 8th edition, covering stitched counter and machine-vended stamp books (issued 2012) and prestige stamp books (issued 2013). These are available from this website either for download or on CD for the larger volumes. The files are fully searchable and contain hundreds of links to make them user-friendly.
The Circle also runs six exclusive postal auctions each year, offering material from Wildings to Royal Mail’s very latest issues. Typically, over 1,000 lots are offered with realistic reserve prices. The auctions provide members with an opportunity to expand their own collections and to offer duplicates to fellow members. Auction lists, Auction Rules and Guidance Notes are available from the website after log in.
Finally it should be mentioned that the Circle holds regular meetings with fellow enthusiasts, usually with dealers present.