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The Archive

The Archive is a unique resource accumulated over the last 150 years, and includes documents and photographic records covering many key aspects of philatelic development and research. The primary collecting areas are listed below.

A long-term programme is currently being undertaken to digitize the important elements to increase researcher's access to the Archive. Click here for the Archive list.


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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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The collection includes items concerning:

  • The History of the Society from its origins to the present day
  • Prominent RPSL Members
  • Philatelic Organisations (UK and abroad)
  • Philatelic Exhibitions
    • UK - regional, national and international
    • Foreign - international


  • Philatelic trade (UK and abroad)
  • Printing and Postal Administration
    • e.g., Perkins Bacon
  • Philatelic Studies
    • Traditional, postal stationery, philatelic history and more

Opening hours

We are open during the Society's normal opening hours (typically 9.30-16.45).

Members and other visitors are very welcome to access the archives by prior arrangement - please contact the Archivist.

 RPSL Gallery

The permanent Museum exhibition is located in the basement and contains some archival material.

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


We welcome donations that will enhance our collection, especially in the areas outlined above. The Archivist will be happy to discuss possible donations.



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