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The Archive

The Archive is a rich and unique resource for philatelists and non-philatelists. Spanning 150 years, the Archive collection includes documents and photographic records which are available for reference. 

The Archive collection is based on the themes of:

  • The History of the Society
  • Prominent RPSL members
  • Philatelic Exhibitions - UK (regional, national) and Foreign (international)
  • Philatelic Trade, UK and abroad
  • Printing and Postal Administration, e.g. Perkins Bacon
  • Philatelic Studies, e.g. Traditional, thematic, postal stationery, philatelic history and more

Diary of Joseph Speranza on display outside the Alma & Ron Lee Meeting Room, Copyright J.D. Ray


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Left: Her Majesty the Queen's visit to the RPSL in 1969 for our Centenary
Right: Material from the Perkins Bacon Archive
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Visiting us

Visits to the Archive are by appointment only. Appointments can be arranged with the Museum Curator between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

Please note appointments cannot be booked on the same day as a Society meeting. 


No.41 Devonshire Place



The permanent Museum exhibition is located in the basement of the building. If the item you wish to view is not on display, please contact the Museum Curator who will organise an appointment in the Archives. 

Our temporary exhibition includes Museum, Archive and Library material and is located in the foyer, large library and the landing adjacent to the President's Room.

More information on the exhibitions

Wooden display of the Tapling, Crawford and Tilleard Medals, Copyright J.D. Ray



The Archive is always interested in donations to enrich its collection. If you would like to make a donation, or wish to discuss an ongoing donation, please contact the Museum Curator on


The Archive benefits greatly from financial donations which enables greater quantities of the collection to be digitized and conserved.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the Archive, please contact the Museum Curator on







41 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6JY
020 7486 1044, select Option 3



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