We promote interest in and the study of the stamps and postal history of the English-speaking islands that comprise the West Indies. Also included are Bermuda, the Guyanas and Belize, together with other adjacent countries that have a strong historical or geographical connection.
Voting closed on 31 December 2022 with an overwhelming majority in favour of the merger of BWISC and BCPSG.
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Antigua and Barbuda
British POs Abroad
Netherlands West Indies
Saint Kitts Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks Caicos Is
Delighted to be able to advise you all that our 2023 Conference is now booked. It will take place at Weybourne House, Hitherbury Close, Guildford GU2 4PR.
Delegates will be invited to arrive for 2 pm on Saturday 14th and there is free secure overnight parking for up to 50 cars. The draft programme is as follows:
2.00pm Arrival Refreshments available
3.00pm 'Share, show and tell' in the bar: Nothing formal but attendees will be encouraged to bring albums etc and to arrange meet ups with other members.
4.00pm Committee Meeting to decide awards etc
5.00pm people walk or taxi to local hotels (an 8 minute walk into Guildford centre where there is a selection of hotels. The Mandolay Hotel has agreed to offer discounts if more than 12 people book rooms quoting BWISC
6.00pm bar open at Weybourne House for pre dinner drinks and meet ups
7.30pm 3 course dinner c£30/person (will accommodate dietary intolerances)
Bar will remain open after the dinner
Up to 6 stall holders will be invited to attend and there is room for them to be in the same area as the theatre style seating and tables for presentations and displays (on one side where there is a dance floor) Charge for attendance £25 including lunch and coffee. Dealers also welcome to join us for dinner on Saturday if they pay for their meal.
9.00am start with 16 page displays by members
10.00am refreshment break
1030 am Keynote speaker. We are inviting Nigel Mohammed to make a presentation on Trinidad and hope he'll be able to join us...as a longstanding member of both W.Indian Societies.
12.30pm soup and baguette sandwich lunch at c£10/person (will accommodate dietary intolerances)
2.00pm Member and guest presentations - with a mid afternoon break
Need to leave by 6.30 pm
In order to reduce stock of books held, several publications have been reduced in price - See publications page.
Early BWI Covers Perkins Bacon Adhesives – Barbados
Compiled by Peter Ford FRPSL; Letter size, perfect bound (softback), (vi) + 236 pages
Price: £28; BWISC Members’ Discount £2.
The original idea of recording as many covers as came on to the market must go to Michael Hamilton; his listing of philatelic events and covers posted at the time is a goldmine!
The next plaudit must go to Fitz Roett; from his lair in deepest Alberta, he has over the years amassed a fine collection of items from the island of Barbados. In 2013, he collaborated with that fine philatelist, the late Charles Freeland FRPSL and Peter Longmuir to produce a book entitled ‘BARBADOS –The Britannia Issues’.
The list that follows emanates mainly from these two sources. Other collectors have contributed as well and I list their names in alphabetical order: Graham Booth FRPSL, Jonathan Guy, Joseph Hackmey RDP FRPSL, Christopher Harman RDP Hon FRPSL, Stefan Heijtz FRPSL, Michael Medlicott FRPSL, Michael Rego, Simon Richards FRPSL, Ray Stanton, Richard Stupples and Takashi Yoshida FRPSL; all of these collectors have fine collections of Barbados covers.
Acknowledgement must also go to dealers and auction houses who have generously supplied me with high resolution scans of covers in their keep. These have been noted beneath the illustrations.
As with all these lists, it is a work in progress and we do not expect that we have listed all covers; others will no doubt exist and we would hope that collectors seeing this list will add to it with items we have failed to record.
The Untold Story of the Lady McLeod by Susan Taylor (December 2021).
This well researched book delves inside the prized Lady McLeod covers, untangling the family and business history that seeded their existence. It gives a detailed account of the Lady McLeod Steamer. The study takes a closer look at the contents of Lady McLeod letters, and raises questions about their markings. It links David Bryce, Alexander Taylor, Edward Bacon, James Graham Taylor and even King George V to the Covers, describing the stamp enthusiasts and forgers of the time. Readers are transported to Glasgow and Trinidad in the 1800s, where merchants using the steamer for communications, ran their businesses. There is also an updated census of the covers. A fascinating read for philatelists and a ‘must’ for any cover owner.
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The Society was formed in 1954 by Philip Saunders, some historical information can be found here.