About Us

The Gibraltar Study Circle was formed in 1975 for the benefit of both advanced and novice, collectors of the Colony and now has over 90 members.

Prior to 1975, little information about the Postal History and Stamps of Gibraltar had been recorded with the exception of the publications by Sir Geoffrey Duveen, Sir Darrel Bates and Dr H.B.Renton. In 1978 Robson Lowe Ltd. published ‘Posted in Gibraltar* by Brigadier William Hine-Haycock which proved an excellent summary of Gibraltar postal affairs.

To date, the Study Circle has published ‘Gibraltar Postal Stationery’, a very complete listing of this subject by Wally Jackson, then the leading collector of this material, since substantially updated  in 2006 by Eric Holmes & Robert Neville.  This was followed by ‘British Post Offices and Agencies in Morocco 1857 – 1898′ and ‘British Post Offices and Agencies in Morocco 1857 – 1907 and Local Posts 1891 – 1914’ by Dr Kenneth Clough. Others include Gibraltar: “The Postal History & Postage Stamps Vol.1 to 1885” by Geoffrey Osborn; “Gibraltar: Quarantine and Disinfection of Mail” by Garcia/Vandervelde; “Gibraltar: The Link with the Sea” by Sam Smith; “Gibraltar: Errors and Varieties 1886-2000”, by R.G. Burton; “Gibraltar: King George VI”, by Edmund Chambers.

Study Papers, twenty seven in all, have been issued on various topics, Errors and Varieties, Forwarding Agents and Gibraltar Zeppelin Mail, to name but three.

Publications/Study Papers in development included  –  Gibraltar Intewrnational Reply coupons; Gibraltar Imperial & Commonwealth Reply coupons; Gibraltar Specimens and G.B. adhesives used in Gibraltar.

Our newsletter ‘The Rock’ is published four times a year and is sent to all members worldwide. Weekend meetings take place twice a year at suitable locations with a view to making it convenient for as many members as possible. Families of members are made most welcome and, in addition to the philatelic meetings, the social side of the weekend is enjoyed by all.   There have been 5 organised visits to Gibraltar, the most recent in October 2010.

Twice a year auctions of postal history and stamps are held at the weekend meetings with 300-500 lots available.  Members present may bid in the room; otherwise postal bids are also accepted from members worldwide.

The Gibraltar Study Circle also offers an Exchange Packet (in UK) covering all aspects of the philately of Gibraltar. This allows members an inexpensive way of obtaining more common material, and at the same time an outlet for their surplus covers, stationery or stamps.

In the almost forty five years since it was founded, the Gibraltar Study Circle has been of great benefit to many collectors worldwide, and gives a warm welcome to new members wherever they may live.

Details of membership can be obtained from:-

Eric D Holmes         29 Highgate Road, WOODLEY, Berkshire, RG5 3ND  or

ericholmes@talktalk.net

4 responses to “About Us

  1. MARIO CASINGENA

    Dear Sir, I am looking for the book “The British Post Office in Marocco” by Dr David Stotter. Is this available, please ?

    thank you & best regards

    Mario Casingena
    marioc4889@gmail.com

    • Dear Mario, This is a book that the Gibraltar Study Circle had no involvement with. It is possible that it was produced under the auspices of GBOS (the Great Britain Overprint Society). The GSC only covers the Gibraltar Post Office in Morocco (use of Gibraltar adhesives etc. used in Morocco up until 1907). The GBOS covers the period of the use of GB adhesives in the Morocco 1907-55. Regards Eric D Holmes

  2. Nick Colley

    Greetings. I have a WW2 Gibraltar cover which created a little interest with one or two of my fellow members of the FPHS. They suggested I show it to the GSC. This particular cover bears the boxed C.G. mark (along with a naval tombstone censor and the APPROVED mark, and several Gib stamps). Do let me know if you think anyone would be interested in seeing it, and I’ll provide a scan.

    with best wishes
    Nick Colley

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