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VenueBusiness Design Centre
Location(s)Islington, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Years active1956[1]
SponsorPhilatelic Traders Society
View from the east end of the hall, Spring Stampex 2011.
View from the east end of the hall, Spring Stampex 2011.
The Stamp Active stand, Autumn Stampex 2021
The Stamp Active stand, Autumn Stampex 2021
The Royal Mail stand at Spring Stampex, 2019.
The Royal Mail stand at Spring Stampex, 2019.
View from the west end of the hall showing the competitive exhibits, Spring Stampex 2019
View from the west end of the hall showing the competitive exhibits, Spring Stampex 2019

Stampex is a twice yearly British stamp show held at the Business Design Centre (BDC) in Islington, London, every Spring and Autumn. The show is organised by the Philatelic Traders Society (PTS) through their company PTS Stamp and Coin Exhibitions Limited and has been running for many years.

Elements of the show

The show consists mainly of stands from stamp dealers who are members of the PTS but specialist philatelic societies often hold meetings in conjunction with the show.

Other important parts of the show include a youth area run by the Stamp Active Network, formerly the National Youth Stamp Group,[2] and a large stand from Britain's Royal Mail where recent British stamp issues are on sale.


Admission is free of charge and visitors usually receive a modest philatelic souvenir of some kind. At the Spring 2009 show a postcard was given featuring unadopted artwork by stamp designer Jeffery Matthews for a proposed 1979 Welsh Assembly stamp issue.[citation needed] These souvenirs have become collectable.


Stampex has not always been at the BDC. For many years it was located at the Central Hall, Westminster when it was organised between the PTS and The Junior Philatelic Society (now the National Philatelic Society).[3]

The Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from Westminster Central Hall while exhibited as part of a "Sport with Stamps" display during Stampex in March 1966. Stamps worth an estimated £3m were left behind.[4] The trophy was subsequently recovered.

Other British shows

There is no other regular national show competing with Stampex in the UK, although many smaller shows take place and an FIP endorsed international show takes place in London every ten years, with the next being the London 2020 International Stamp Exhibition (delayed until 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).[5]

The name has been adopted for stamp shows in other countries, for instance Hong Kong Stampex[6] and Adelaide Stampex, however, none are connected with the British version.

See also


  1. ^ "Celebrating Stampex – The Stamp Show". Stanley Gibbons. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  2. ^ Young Collectors. ABPS. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  3. ^ "The Children's Newspaper" (PDF). 16 March 1963. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  4. ^ "1966: Football's World Cup stolen". BBC News. 20 March 1966. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  5. ^ London 2020 Newsletter No. 16: 18 March 2020. London 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  6. ^ Hong Kong Stampex 2020. Hong Kong Philatelic Society. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  • Media related to Stampex at Wikimedia Commons
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