Collecting stamps

Since the late 1920s, the BMS Stamp Bureau has been raising money for BMS World Mission by gathering and selling used postage stamps and other collectibles. In 1928, this first appeared in the BMS accounts as a contribution of £60. Now, with your help, many thousands are raised each year.

The Stamp Bureau will happily accept:

  • Stamp collections
  • Stamps cut from incoming mail
  • Coins and notes (old GB and foreign)
  • Medals and badges
  • Postcards
  • Tea and cigarette cards

During the last BMS Financial Year ending 31st October 2018, the Stamp Bureau passed £17,500 to BMS through the sale of stamps, cards, coins and other items. We are grateful to everyone who sent in donations and to the Stamp Bureau volunteer team in generating this income for mission work around the world.

Items sent to the Stamp Bureau are sorted and priced by our expert volunteers, and then sold on to collectors and dealers. The income raised is passed on to BMS to transform lives around the world.

We value the support of churches and individuals who regularly send in both small and large quantities of stamps and other items to us and those who pass on collections when they give up collecting or by way of a legacy. We also thank our team of Stamp Bureau volunteers.

For more information order our stamps leaflet.

If you are a collector and would like to purchase stamps or other items from the BMS Stamp Bureau, or have any other queries, please contact:

For general enquiries: stamps@bmsworldmission.org

For Foreign and Commonwealth stamps: Ken Flint foreignstamps@bmsworldmission.org

For British stamps: Richard Camp britishstamps@bmsworldmission.org

For other collectibles: Richard Camp othercollectibles@bmsworldmission.org

Richard may also be contacted by phone on 01952 405458

Your stamps can transform lives around the world! Whether that’s providing life-saving healthcare in remote parts of Chad, pioneering new expressions of church in France, giving access to justice for the poor in Mozambique, delivering clean water to remote villages in Afghanistan, or long-term earthquake recovery in Nepal. All of these, and plenty more besides, are examples of the life-transforming work that Christians in the UK are enabling through their giving, their praying, their going, and their stamps!

Further notes regarding donations

The Stamp Bureau especially needs stamps cut off envelopes, packets and parcels because these are getting scarcer due to increased use of computer printed stamps and emails! Just trim around the stamps without damaging them. Ask your office or works, family and friends and fellow church members to collect the stamps off their mail.

Please address any parcels or packets containing donations for the BMS Stamp Bureau to the BMS address in Didcot. Items may be delivered to Baptist House (during office hours) if you know someone calling in or going nearby and this will save postage costs. Sometimes ministers or regional staff visit Baptist House for meetings.

Do not forget to mark the package or parcel “BMS Stamp Bureau” and include inside it a note stating who it is from with an email address or an SAE for an acknowledgement. Please do not include anything for other BMS staff in the same package as it may be delayed.

The Stamp Bureau also sells accessories so please include with donations items such as tweezers, hinges, albums, unused pages, packets, coins holders and card pages, etc.

Please note that we cannot give figures for how much a donation has made because donations are usually sold in small lots over a period, and sometimes in with other lots, to achieve the best price, and this makes it impossible to accurately state how much is made by any one donation. It would also take a lot of work by our volunteers to collate lots of separate amounts until all have been sold. Rest assured your donation will be sold to make the most for BMS.

Please also note that donations may take some weeks to arrive where our volunteers live as they are moved when convenient by someone going in the right direction to save carriage costs. This will mean that any acknowledgement (if details of the donor are included) may take quite a while to arrive. Our volunteers work in their spare time and are not full time or paid BMS staff.