23rd June 2018

has just been updated with the latest regional meetings

31st May 2018


Following the recent EU
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force on 25th May, please see below for your information a summary of the BCCS Data Protection policy:

The British Compact Collectors Society (BCCS) is a national collectables society with a mutual interest in powder compacts and associated beauty ephemera.  The BCCS takes data protection seriously and takes steps to safeguard any personal information it holds about its members.

What personal information do we hold and where is it held?
The BCCS holds the names, membership number, address, telephone contact details and email addresses of the members of the mailing list. Consent is sought from the member before the information is stored by the society. Access to the membership list is protected by a strong password which is only held by the Membership Secretary and for the purposes of back up by the BCCS Committee Secretary. The list will be accessed using devices with a firewall and anti-virus protection. If a member of the BCCS is under 18 years of age, his/her email address will not be held, and the email address of the parent/guardian will be used to contact the member.

What is the information used for?
The information is held to enable the BCCS to inform those on the mailing list of the organisation’s activities, notices of meetings, conventions and to inform existing members about other legitimate interest reasons within the meaning of the GDPR. When members of the mailing list are sent an email, the ‘BCC’ function will be used to safeguard email addresses. A record is kept of the emails sent to the membership.

Right of access to personal information
A member of the mailing list has the right to request a copy of the personal information held about him / her and to ask for that information to be corrected or removed. Requests for copies of personal data will be supplied within the statutory one month of the request being made. Members of the mailing list can, at any time, ask for their information to be removed by emailing the Membership Secretary:, or the BCCS Committee Secretary:

Sharing information with other parties
The BCCS will not pass on personal information to other parties without the express permission of the persons involved. Explicit consent is required for marketing purposes, this will be sought before any action is taken or information passed on.

The BCCS does not use cookies on its website. If following a link from the BCCS website to another website, the user should refer to that website’s cookie and privacy policy.

How to contact us
Please contact us if you have any questions about our Data Protection Policy or information we hold about you by email as above.

31st May 2018


Following the recent EU
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force on 25th May, please see below for your information a summary of the BCCS Privacy policy:

The British Compact Collectors Society (BCCS) is a collectables society with a mutual interest in powder compacts and associated beauty ephemera. This Privacy Policy explains how we use any personal information we have collected about you.

What information do we hold about you?
If you have given consent to this, we may hold your name, membership number, address, telephone contact details, your email address and occasionally your collecting interests. We hold no other information about you and we do not collect information about you when you access our website.

How will we use the information about you?
We use the above information about you to enable us to send you emails or to contact you about the activities of the BCCS including notices of meetings, conferences and any other relevant information. We will not share your information with any other organisation.

Access to your information and correction
You have the right to request a copy of the information we hold about you. If you would like a copy of your personal information, please contact the Committee Secretary: or the Membership Secretary: We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up-to-date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

Other websites
This website contains links to other websites. This Privacy Policy only applies to our website, so when you link to other websites, you should read their own privacy policies.

Changes to the Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy will be reviewed regularly and updates notified on this website.

How to contact us
Please contact us if you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or information we hold about you by email as above.

30th April 2018

Renewed appeal for BCCS Committee Treasurer

Following its earlier vacancy notice, the BCCS Committee would like to renew its appeal for a Treasurer to oversee Society financial matters. Of course a handover would be provided, and help settling into the role! :-)

This is a key function for the Society and any members with financial experience who might be interested in taking on this key role and joining the Committee, are encourage to contact the Committee Secretary at:

12th April 2018

The SEARCH page has just been updated
to include a new search engine facility, enabling members to search the entire BCCS website by keyword for useful information

9th March 2018

has just been updated with the latest regional meetings

1st March 2018

BCCS Committee Treasurer Vacancy

For those of you who may not be aware, after several years dedicated to the role, Annette Dale has recently resigned as BCCS Treasurer, and we are now looking for a replcement. We would welcome any applications from members who would now like to take a step up and contribute to the management of the Society by performing this critical role.

The Treasurer's duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • To collect and bank all society income
  • To monitor bank servicing of society income
  • To pay all invoices in a timely manner
  • To report to and advise each Committee meeting on appropriate finance matters and call attention to any issues of concern
  • To maintain up-to-date and accurate records of all the society's financial dealings
  • To prepare accounts for the AGM, clear them with the auditor, deliver them at the meeting, and deal with any questions which may arise
  • To liaise regularly with the Deputy Treasurer and ensure that the DT is able to deal with all financial matters in the event of the Treasurer's incapacity
  • To join Sub-Committee meetings on occasion to provide financial advice and support

If any member of the society is interested in acting in this capacity, please contact Andrea Wood at with a summary of relevant experience.

1st January 2018


Saturday 6th October
Hilton Warwick, Junction 15 M40, Warwick CV34 6RE

Guest Speaker: WILL FARMER

Exhibition Theme: 'PUTTIN' ON THE GLITZ'

Morning session - short talk by member Caroline Henney

We are pleased to welcome back Will Farmer as our special guest speaker, who will present a talk entitled 'Diamond Divas'. In keeping with this theme, our exhibition this year will concentrate on 'bling' - and attendees will also be encouraged to dress correspondingly!

A booking form will be sent out with your 2018 Membership Renewal pack.

1st January 2018

Website Update

Please note that updates are not occurring regularly on the website at present, as unfortunately
at around the time of the 2017 Oxford convention in September, we lost the services of our long-time webmaster Geoff Powell. Our thanks go out to him for all of his past assistance with website matters.

The Committee is well aware of the need to maintain the current site, and we will do our best to communicate any urgent updates while we look to implement a new arrangement, and to add improvements such as the search facility that members requested in the email survey which was completed in the autumn.

1st September 2017

Important Convention 2017 Notice

The convention ticket application form enclosed with the July Face Facts newsletter listed the old BCCS P.O. Box number in error. If you have applied for tickets during August using this form and have not received them as yet, please contact Andrea at
If you still wish to apply for tickets, please post the Convention form to: BCCS, 44 Tennyson Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 8HX. Please note that after 3rd September refunds cannot be given but tickets can still be applied for.
BCCS Convention Sub-Committee


1st September 2017
There is an interesting answer to Ruth Brook's question
on Page 26 of the Q&A page

28th August 2017

Convention 2017 Notice

It has come to the attention of the Convention Committee that several convention forms have gone astray. All forms should be posted to:

Annette Dale
44 Tennyson Road
Newport, Gwent
NP19 8HX

If any members have sent requests for tickets or tables to the P.O. Box address formerly used by the BCCS, please could they contact Andrea at, who will then pass on your details to Annette.

28th August 2017

There is an interesting question from Ruth Brook (Australia)
on Page 26 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:


21st August 2017

Helen Haren's interesting LATEST FIND has just been posted in that section.

21st August 2017


The BCCS Community

An edited version of Doline’s ‘Getting to Know Each Other’ article which appeared in the July issue of Face Facts can now be found in the Archives of our website in ‘The Lives Of Everyday Women And Their Compacts’. Doline kindly agreed to the original article being edited for this purpose and has provided images of her first compact with some of her research findings (for the original article please see the July issue of Face Facts).

As mentioned in the original article, Doline would love to communicate with members of the society as she feels very isolated (geographically) from the BCCS community and members. It doesn’t matter where you are situated in the UK or worldwide, she would like to hear from you.

If you would like to get in touch with Doline please email Andrea at, and your email will be forwarded to her.

The Society would also like to see more articles from BCCS members about ‘The Lives Of Everyday Women And Their Compacts’ to add to the archive and/or Face Facts. If you have a story to tell about one of your compacts and the person who owned it then please contact

To see the article and photos click here 

21st August 2017


The Society has been contacted by the National Archives. Both Juliette and Andrea have communicated with their representative who has asked:

1) If any of our members have information about the production of darker powder for non-Caucasian complexions

2) If any members has an example of a 1920s/30s/40s compact engraved with a name that could potentially be that of a woman’s or a man’s – if so she would "love to speak with them"

If you can help please email:


21st August 2017

Three of Mandy Watts' LATEST FINDS have just been posted in that section.


11th August 2017

There is an answer from Margaret Bright to Sally Ford's question
on Page 26 of the Q&A section


10th August 2017

An interesting article has just been posted to the Archive section:


9th August 2017

There is a question from member Sally Ford on Page 26 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:

3rd August 2017


The Oxford Belfry Hotel
Saturday 30th September
11:15 a.m.

Lisa Larsson (Committee Member 2015-2017)
will be giving a short talk about LSM

Lisa Larsson graduated from University in Canada with a degree in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Having left her native Ottawa for the UK in 1986, she now attributes her continuing interest in compacts - in both their manufacture and display - to her early career of working on archaeological digs and museums where she found much enjoyment and satisfaction in handling the artefacts, cataloguing the finds and cleaning and preserving them.


3rd August 2017

Notice of the

Saturday 30th September 2017 at 11.30 a.m.
Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Nr. Thame, OX9 2JW

Notice is hereby given that the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the British Compact Collectors’ Society will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 30th September 2017 at The Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Nr. Thame, OX9 2JW for the purpose of executing the business set out below.

Members and guests are kindly requested to refrain from trading during the Annual General Meeting.


  1. To approve Minutes of 2016 AGM
  2. Matters Arising
  3. To receive the Chair’s report
  4. To receive the Financial report
  5. To adopt the Financial report
  6. To elect the Officers of the Society
  7. The Constitution provides for 4 Officers of the Society: the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary to be elected for a 2 year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected. The serving Officers of the Committee were elected in 2015 to serve a two year term. These posts are due for election at the 2017 AGM

  8. To elect the Committee
  9. The Constitution provides for not more than 8 other members of the Committee to be elected for a 1 year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected.

  10. To appoint an Auditor
  11. Any other business

Nominations are invited for four Officers of the Society and not more than eight other Committee members.

If you wish to make a nomination for any of the above positions, please email or write to the Secretary no later than 1st September 2017 at 5.00 p.m. Please mark your envelope or put as the subject of your email BCCS NOMINATION.

The proposer must ensure that any nomination includes the following:

Name of the nominee, the email address of the nominee, the proposer, the seconder and a brief statement that confirms the willingness of the nominee to stand. A brief statement of not more than 200 words giving the nominee’s relevant experience, such as committee/business or organisation activities, should be included.

In the event of a position being contested a vote shall be taken and a decision shall be made by a simple majority of those present at the Annual General Meeting.

In view of the geographical distribution of members all those nominated as Officers or members of the Committee must have an email address to which committee business may be communicated.

Andrea Wood


50 Little Herberts Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8LU for postal nominations




Minutes of the

Saturday 8th October 2016 at 11.30 a.m.
Jurys Inn Cheltenham

Approval of Minutes of the 2015 AGM:

After a short welcome and introduction to the members Alan Lloyd requested approval of the minutes of the 1st AGM held on 31st October 2015 which were circulated to members in Face Facts and also placed on the website. The minutes were approved by the floor. AL/AW/JD Action: 2016 AGM minutes to be circulated before AGM on 30/9/2017

Matters Arising:

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

Chair Report:

Alan Lloyd explained the historic reason for the development of the society through the formation of a constitution and formal committee in 2015. He explained how, during the last twelve months, the committee had worked through a series of electronic meetings to address a variety of issues which included:

Annette Dale, as Treasurer, establishing a transparent financial structure through which the society’s finances can be tracked and monitored. At the AGM in 2015 it was the intention to employ the assistance of an auditor. However, the costs were prohibitive. The auditor who was initially approached was very complimentary about Annette’s documentation. It was therefore decided to follow the practice of other societies, of a similar size, to use the services of an appropriate person associated with the society to review the financial documentation. Alan Lloyd then expressed his gratitude to Tim Wood for scrutinising the accounts

The committee is investigating the possibility of developing a new website. Alan explained that a small sub-committee had been established, chaired by Jenny Duncan, to look at options. This sub-committee had looked at options and put forward a proposal. At the face to face meeting of the committee, on 7th October 2015, it was decided to circulate a questionnaire to sound out members’ opinions. These have been circulated. The website project would involve costs which raises the issue of how the society may fund this outlay and the committee have been discussing how this can be done

Alan then went on to praise Annette’s policy of developing the use of social media on Facebook and Pinterest which brings in 90% of new members, Face Facts, edited by Jenny Duncan, and the Convention catalogue prepared by Janine Baseley

Alan mentioned the very active local groups of the society including the West Midlands group which was previously organised by the late Mary Baker and has been reactivated by Christina Dent. He also mentioned that he had been in contact with the International Perfume Bottle Association which had merged with Roselyn Gerson’s Compact Collectors Club in the USA. The President of the IPBA is interested in developing a closer relationship and this possibility will be explored at a future date.

Alan then thanked the committee for their efforts throughout the year and at the Convention.

Finally, Alan brought to the attention of the members the fact that two members had resigned from the committee and there had been no new nominees. He pointed out that it was within the power of the committee to co-opt members and asked if there were any interested parties in the room who would be willing to join the committee as well as a willing member to take on the role of membership secretary from Annette. Action: AL to prepare Chair’s Report for Convention 2017 AGM

Adoption of the Chair’s Report:

It was proposed by Juliette Edwards that the Chair’s report should be adopted. This was seconded by Caroline Preston and it was agreed by a majority show of hands that the Chairs Report should be adopted.

The proposal was accepted by the floor and the Chairs report was adopted

Financial Report: Annette Dale

Annette informed the Meeting that BCCS funds were in a healthy state. She stated that although there may appear to be a shortfall in the 2015 -2016 accounts this was attributed to the fact that she had changed the manner in which the accounts were organised so that all monies were banked in accordance with the financial year, rather than as they were received, as had been the case in the past. Thus she had held back any membership fees received before April to allocate them to the 2016 accounts. She reiterated that this was merely an adjustment to correctly align the accounts to the appropriate financial year and was no cause for alarm.

Some areas of expenditure had increased, most notably the costs of postage and printing Face Facts. She explained that Face Facts constitutes the major, regular, expenditure during the year and that Margaret Craven had been assigned monies to purchase stamps before the increase in postage charges. This would enable the next two issues of Face Facts to be distributed, depending on numbers, until the beginning of 2017 without incurring further postage costs. As a consequence of this bulk purchase, the only way to determine Face Facts annual expenditure is to add the two years together and divide by two giving a figure of £3,469.74 per annum.

The society’s other major expenditure is the Convention but these costs are covered by the ticket sales. The Convention costs cover printing of calendars, programmes, name badges and ‘goody’ bag contents.

Annette informed the members that the figure of £828.11 on the 2015 -2016 accounts appears to show a large increase over the Convention costs of £331.37 on the previous year. This is due to the costs of coasters and goody bags in the 2014 -2015 accounts being shown separately. For accounting purposes this expenditure has now been included with all the other Convention costs to give a more accurate picture of what the Conventions actually cost the society. There has, therefore, been no increase in Convention costs. In fact the costs have decreased.

The Convention costs of £4,872.30 for 2015 -2016 appear to be higher than that of the previous year. This is because the event was attended by more people and therefore the catering costs were higher. This expenditure was off-set by the ticket sales.

Annette explained that the society’s total expenditure in 2014 -2015 was £12,458.12 which was inflated by the purchase of the stamps for Face Facts postage. Our total expenditure for 2015 – 2016 was £10,914.83; this was less than it would have been had the stamps not been purchased in the previous financial year. Taking this into account the overall expenditure had remained consistent. With an average expenditure of £3,466.74 per annum. Face Facts is the society’s largest expense.

Action: AD to prepare Financial Report for distribution to members in Face Facts prior to 2017 Convention AGM

Adoption of the Financial Report

It was proposed by Juliette Edwards that the Financial Report should be adopted. This was seconded by Lisa Larsson and it was agreed by a majority show of hands that the Chair’s Report should be adopted.

The proposal was accepted by the floor and the financial report was adopted.

Action: AD to prepare Financial statement & documents for adoption by members at the 2017 AGM

The Election of the Committee:

The Officers of the Committee were elected in 2015 to serve a two year term. There have been no resignations from the Officers posts.

The Constitution provides for no more than eight other members of the committee to be elected for a one year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected.

The following members have been proposed and seconded. Their biographical summaries had been distributed to members prior to the AGM.

The proposals were accepted by the floor and following a majority show of hands it was agreed that these members should be elected to the committee:

Jenny Duncan (568)

Proposer: Juliette Edwards Seconder: Jan Hynes

Lisa Larsson (492)

Proposer: Juliette Edwards Seconder: Jenny Duncan

Juliette Edwards is Founder Member and Life Member of the Committee.

These members agreed to become committee members.

Two members of the committee have resigned and are not seeking re-election. There are therefore two posts vacant.

Alan Lloyd had explained to the members, in the Chair’s Report, that it was within the power of the committee to co-opt members. Two members had expressed interest but were too late for nomination. They could be co-opted to join the committee and the committee were minded to consider them. However, this was a committee matter and would be discussed by the members of the committee in the near future. Action: Biographies to be sought and distributed for the Committee to consider

Action: Nominations for Election of Officers and Committee to take place. Their biographies to be submitted to members prior to the 2017 AGM

Appointment of Auditor:

It was proposed by Alan Lloyd and agreed by the floor that an auditor be appointed to scrutinise the finances of the BCCS for the year 2015 - 2016. The audit was to take the form used during the previous year. This was to have an appropriate person associated with the society to review the financial documentation. Alan asked Tim Wood if he would again to scrutinise the accounts

The proposal was accepted by the floor.

Action: AD to prepare Financial statement & documents to be audited by a suitable person (Tim Wood) The Financial Report and scrutinised accounts will be made available to members at the AGM 2017; a motion to approve them proposed and second

Any Other Business:

Due to the expense incurred with the printing and distribution of Face Facts the members were informed that to cut costs there would be three issues of Face Facts during the coming year rather than the four to date. The timings of these would be November, March and July. No objections were made and the changes were agreed.

The arrangements for the next AGM will take place at the next Convention at The Belfry Hotel Oxford on 30th September. The theme, organisation and arrangements to be confirmed by the Convention Committee.

Action: The Convention Sub-Committee JB, AD & AW to work on Convention planning in their assigned roles, negotiate theme with other members and make arrangements for 30/9/2017. The sub-committee to report progress to BCCS committee

Date of next AGM

Saturday 30th September at the 2017 Convention at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, Oxford

Action: For the next AGM, the 2016 minutes; 2017 AGM agenda and financial reports will be prepared by AL, AD & AW. It will take place during the Oxford Convention at The Belfry .

Minutes and agenda to be circulated before event by AW & JD through Face Facts and Convention Programme

The meeting closed at 12.00 mid-day.

It has been agreed that the minutes are a true reflection of the meeting and been signed accordingly

Signed ………………………………………………………………… Position ……………………………



Saturday 30th September
The Oxford Belfry Hotel

(Timings may be subject to change)

9.30 a.m. Doors open and Registration

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Lisa Larsson – Speaker – LSM (Presentation Area)

11.30 AGM (Presentation Area)

12.00 Lunch – 1st Sitting (Hotel Restaurant)

1.00 p.m. Lunch – 2nd Sitting (Hotel Restaurant)

2.30 – 3.30 Catherine Southon – Guest Speaker (Presentation Area)

3.30 – 3.50 Thanks and Raffle

4.00 Afternoon Tea

4.15 Finish



What to See In Oxford


Saturday 30th September
9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

TEL.: (01844) 279 381

Oxford, often referred to as the city of ‘Dreaming Spires’, has many places to visit both inside the city and the surrounding area. The atmospheric golden-stone colleges of the University are clustered around the medieval streets with each college having its own special character and charm, from the intimate Corpus Christi to the splendour of Christ Church in St. Aldates or Magdalen. Most are open to visitors at various times and charges for entry.

Radcliffe Square in the heart of the University contains architectural gems formed by the medieval church of St. Mary The Virgin, The Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. Should you feel like a break there is an excellent, and very popular café, in ‘The Vaults’ nearby.

Other sites to see are the newly refurbished Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum, which has a fine collection of Art and Archaeology or the University Museum, in South Park Road, which houses the Pitt Rivers Museum Collection. Here you will see some of the most extraordinary finds from around the world.

If museums are not for you, apart from the shopping, there are parks, gardens and rivers including the small botanic garden in Rose Lane just off the High Street. It is Britain’s oldest garden where the emphasis is on traditional herbal medicines and their use in modern medicine (£5 standard admission which also gives entry to Harcourt Arboretum, 6 miles south of Oxford, on the same day).

If you like walking then the best way to see Oxford is to join one of the many walking tours with a guide who will take you around the quiet back streets. There are several organisations who offer this service. Oxford Official Guided Tours ( Tours include the Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour experience. These begin from outside the Visitor Centre and start from £16. Oxford Tours, is a social enterprise using Undergraduate and Post-graduate students as guides and for £9.98 begin at Balliol College, Broad Street. There are other enterprising individuals who provide a free walking tour for a tip at the end. How much you pay depends on how much you like the tour!

Other highlights include Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Holywell Music Room, Hollywell Street and the Castle Museum, 44 -46 Castle Street. Feel like a spot of nostalgia? Friday 29th at the New Theatre has an ‘Elvis’ evening followed by one dedicated to ‘Queen’ on the 30th.

Outside the City there are other interesting places Blenheim Palace, the small town of Burford and The Oxford Antiques Centre at Yarnton located within Yarnton Nurseries, Sandy Lane, Kidlington OX5 1PA, between Oxford and Woodstock.


25th July 2017

Andrea Wood's FAVOURITE FIVE have just been posted to the website. Please use left-hand menu to view.

15th July 2017

Margaret Bright has sent in photos of her LATEST FIND
which can be found on Page 3 of that section.

If you'd like to share your LATEST FIND, FAVOURITE FIVE or have any news, email it to:


17th June 2017

There is an interesting query regarding a compact
of new member Meg Stokes on Page 26 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:

6th June 2017

Margaret Bright's FAVOURITE FIVE have just been uploaded.
Margaret has a query regarding one of them.

If you can help please email:


6th June 2017


Trisha is based in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear wondered if there may be interest amongst members in the North East to start a local group.

If you would like to make contact with Trisha, please email Andrea at and she will pass your details on.

23rd May 2017


If you have any articles, queries or letters you would like to share with the membership then we would love to hear from you for the next issue of Face Facts. The deadline is 30th June 2017.

Please mark your emails Face Facts
and send to
Andrea at:

22nd May 2017

Pictures of LATEST FINDS from member Mandy Watts
can be seen on Page 3 of that section.

16th May 2017

West Midlands Regional Group Meeting

A meeting of the West Midlands Group took place near Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May.

Once again Christina really went the extra mile to make us all welcome, the vintage afternoon tea was the best I have ever had and the table layout was so pretty.....we even get a goody bag to take home.

As yet this is only a very small group but we are really starting to get to know one another personally which at the large convention is very hard to do......I do recommend that anybody who can make it comes along to the next meeting.

Thank you Christina for all your hard work and making the day so special for us (see you at Oxford).

Margaret Bright


24th April 2017

Convention Tickets

Please do not be concerned if you have sent off your booking but not received your tickets yet. Bookings are being processed and your tickets will be sent out soon. 

Thanks for your patience,

13th April 2017


Saturday 30th September
The Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Nr.Thame, OX9 2JW

2.30pm - Guest Speaker CATHERINE SOUTHON


Morning session - short talk on LSM compacts by Lisa Larsson

There will be a selection of compacts, carryalls, vanities, containers,
novelties and whimsies on display. The Convention catalogue will be available to purchase at the door.


To book your table or tickets, please complete the booking form included in the current edition of Face Facts and send to the BCCS address indicated.

(please remember to include a large stamped self-addressed envelope)

13th April 2017

South West Regional Group Meeting

Alison is planning to host a group meeting for members in the South West Region in early or middle of May. She would like to hear from those of you living in or near Devon who are interested in getting together as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Alison’s contact details can be found in the March issue of face Facts or in your Membership Directory

9th March 2017

There is a new question from member Sheila Adams
on Page 25 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:

6th March 2017

Member Lynne Miller has sent in some pictures and text about her latest find. See Page 3 of that section.

20th February 2017

There are couple of interesting replies on Page 25 of the Q&A section
to questions from member Sue Lawton.

13th February 2017

There is a new question from member Sally Ford
on Page 25 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email


11th February 2017

Mandy Watts has sent in a picture of her lovely LATEST FIND,
please use menu to view. 


11th February 2017

Some "housekeeping" has been done today on the website - an item moved to the ARCHIVE and a book listing to the BOOK section.

Please use the left-hand menu to access.

11th February 2017

There are a couple of new interesting questions from member Sue Lawton
on Page 25 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:

11th February 2017 

There is more information regarding Mandy Watts's question
on Page 25 of the Q&A section


4th February 2017

A question from member Mandy Watts
has just been uploaded to Page 25 of the Q&A section.

If you can help please email:


4th February 2017

There is an interesting reply from Jenny Duncan
to Hannah O'Byrne's question on Page 25 of the Q&A section.


1st February 2017


"I was very happy to see Nina, Pam & Sarah again when they came to my home in mid-January. Unfortunately Linda was unable to join us. 

Despite the winter gloom outside we had a relaxed girly get-together looking back at the Convention and forward to our individual plans for the year ahead, including some interesting travel ideas. We looked at some recent treasures and I got out the box of items I’ve offered to Andrea for this year’s Convention exhibition, so that the group could handle them rather than just see them (if selected) in the exhibition cases. The bases and interiors can often be as interesting as the lids, can’t they? 

After tea, more chat and New Year wishes, the members departed into the dusk. I look forward to seeing them all again in the spring. Next meeting TBA." 


25th January 2017


In the last issue of Face Facts, Issue 73 November 2016, if you turn to page 7, you will see a notice about Lisa's LSM Identification Guides. Volume 1 covers German made compacts and fancy goods from 1930-1939. Volume 2 covers English and Scottish LSM compacts from 1945-1955. Both are printed on spiral-bound laminated paper and are £20 plus postage. Vol. 2 is available in a smaller format for £10 plus postage. Please contact Lisa about availability and postage, her email address can be found in your Membership directory.

These guides are what you need for identifying LSM models, but do not tell the history of the company. No one else has researched this brand in the depth that Lisa has undertaken and a full history of the company was published in three issues of Face Facts, Issue 54 February 2012, Issue 55 May 2012 and Issue 56 September 2012. There may be some back copies still available to buy, so do contact Julie Owen who deals with BCCS merchandise, her phone number and email address can be found in your Membership Directory.


23rd January 2017

Two interesting photos have just been sent in by member Mandy Watts.
To view please use LATEST FINDS link on left-hand menu and go to Page 2.


17th January 2017


Just to let members know. If they find the Belfry a little rich for their blood, there is an alternative. The Ramada Oxford is 10 mins away, prices at least half of the Belfry, breakfast included, but book NOW. Also other B & B's in the area.


Next year’s exhibition - your help needed!



Andrea will be curating our convention display for 2017 on this fascinating theme and is looking for:

“Purses/Dorothy bags, dansant bags, pouches in different fabrics including plush, silks, leather, suede etc. I am hoping to find the Rex “Victory” bag in dark blue with stripes.

Other compacts in fabrics, leather, suede, possibly crocodile/snakeskin.

Novelty compacts such as guitar, castanets, globe or ball styles etc. as well as the Schuco novelties.

'D'/horseshoe-shaped compacts in various materials with zips and other fastenings, made in leather, faux-leather, suede, plastic, bakelite or fabric

Examples of a range of compacts and containers made from: plastic, lucite, celluloid, bakelite, bone, ivory, wood; also a range of MAVCO plastics would be interesting.

I would like to try to include compacts which have lucite inserts or those manufactured in a combination of metal and plastic. This will depend on space.”

If you can help, please email:

7th February 2014

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