British Philatelic Trust
The British Philatelic Trust was established in 1981 by the British Post Office. The governing deed was executed on 26 September 1983. The Trust is independent and was registered as an educational charity on 21 November 1983.


The trust was created with the surplus funds raised by Royal Mail for the London 1980 International Stamp Exhibition. Three miniature sheet
Miniature sheet
A souvenir sheet or miniature sheet is a small group of postage stamps still attached to the sheet on which they were printed. They may be either regular issues that just happen to be printed in small groups , or special issues often commemorating some event, such as a national anniversary,...

s were issued which were intended to raise funds for the exhibition but in fact they raised far more than was expected and the excess formed the trust's original endowment. This was supplemented with funds raised for Stamp World London 1990 and additional donations by Royal Mail and others since.


The trust's objective is the study, research and dissemination of knowledge of philately
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps...



The trust has a board of trustees including a Chairman and representatives from Royal Mail. The board meets four times per annum. The current Chairman is Francis Kiddle
Francis Kiddle
Francis Kiddle is a distinguished philatelist who has achieved an international reputation in the field of philatelic literature and cinderella philately.-Philately:...


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