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Welcome to the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London.

The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship.

"The Royal", as we are universally known, is committed to moving with the times.

Our website has two aims:

  1. To make the services of the Society available to our fellows and members who cannot visit us in London.

  2. To fulfil our charitable objectives by making information and resources available to the worldwide philatelic community.

We have over 1150 overseas members, almost 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.

Patrick Maselis, President

We welcome new members who share our aims and objectives, from wherever in the world they may be. We hope that you find much of value here, and of course there is more for members than for the casual user.

We welcome feedback, comment and suggestions, positive, or less so. If you wish to join the Society, or simply to know more about the benefits of membership, please click here.

With best wishes, Patrick Maselis, President


The Society's Premises

Members may log in using the panel at top right to view the latest update concerning the future of the Society's premises.

2017 Election of Fellows

Click here to view the list of new Fellows.

Forthcoming Meetings at No.41

On Thursday 25 January 2018 at 1pm  there will be a group display by members of the Russian Academy.

On Thursday 8 February 2018 at 1pm, Patrick Maselis, President of the Royal Philatelic Society London, will display a miscellany of iconic items from Belgium.

Click here to view the Programme of Events for 2017-2018

The Devonshire Cup
One Frame Competition 12 July 2018

The Society's first "One Frame" competition will take place at 41 Devonshire Place on Thursday 12 July 2018, and it will be a 16 sheet single frame format. The competition will allow all members to participate, as this is an "open" event enabling all subjects and classes, recognised under the existing ABPS categories, to compete and enjoy the competition. There is no entry charge, but entries are limited to one per person. To make this a memorable occasion, all members are invited to join in; the deadline for receipt of entries is Monday 25 June 2018. Entry forms are available by clicking here, and are also available from the Administration office, so please enter now.

RPSL's Exhibition at Spring Stampex
13–16 February 2019

The detailed plan is being prepared for the RPSL's Exhibition at Spring Stampex 2019 "H.M. King George V Our First Patron". Exhibits may include stamps, postal history and related items from countries listed in the SG Commonwealth and Empire catalogue, and the relevant period is 1910–1936. Exhibits may be between one and five, or eight, frames and may be competitive or non-competitive. ABPS rules for exhibiting will apply and frames fees may be about £25 per frame.

In order to assess the likely response, members interested in participating in the exhibition are requested to email the RPSL Administration Manager adminmanager@rpsl.org.uk. Please give your first name and surname, email address, the subject of your exhibit and the estimated number of frames.

RPSL Members' Collections 2019

For our 150th anniversary, the RPSL will publish a permanent and representative record of how and what RPSL members collect in 2019. Each page of the book will be a scan of the complete sheet(s) submitted by Fellows and Members, all of whom are eligible to contribute and can submit as many pages as they wish. Click here for more information.

The Society on a Postage Stamp in 2019?

The 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London is coming up in 2019. Wouldn't it be wonderful for The Royal Philatelic Society London to be featured on a postage stamp? The Royal Mail has been running a survey of interest in suggested subjects for the 2019 Special Stamp issues. We are surely a very worthy candidate for a special set of postage stamps, and we would like to thank everyone who voted for the RPSL in the survey. The survey is now closed and we await the results.

Stockholmia 2019 official logo

In 2019, The Royal Philatelic Society London celebrates its 150th Anniversary, and as part of this special occasion, the Society is delighted to be joining its members and friends from around the world at the 'Stockholmia 2019' international philatelic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden from 29th May to 2nd June.

Members wishing to display at STOCKHOLMIA 2019 may access the following documents from these links:
Exhibition Application Form
Individual Regulations of STOCKHOLMIA 2019 (IREX)
Guidelines on Judging Electronic Literature at STOCKHOLMIA 2019

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for Queensland pre-UPU announcement.



Please click here if you wish to donate to our conservation or development projects

The Society's Museum and Archive Renamed

The Museum of Philatelic History
at the Royal Philatelic Society London

We are pleased to announce that in recognition of the status of the museum and the Society's archive, with collections of artefacts and materials relating to postal administrations, printing, philatelic exhibitions, philatelic accessories and noted collectors, the records of the RPSL and of the Perkins Bacons printing company, and a vast collection of papers and research notes, Council has agreed for it to be renamed as The Museum of Philatelic History, with the strap line "at the Royal Philatelic Society London".

By clarifying the purpose of the museum in this way, the Society hopes to encourage more visitors and researchers, and also hopes that collectors and societies see the museum as a natural repository for relevant material in need of a permanent home. The change of name is also intended to differentiate the museum from other philatelic institutions with different functions.

We are pleased to continue our Accredited Museum status by working closely with the Arts Council England and jointly with our partners at the Museum of London, British Library Philatelic Collections and Postal Museum.

The museum is accepting donations towards its collections, contact the Curator to find out more.

Social Media

The RPSL is on Twitter
and also on Facebook @royalphilsoclondon

The Museum of Philatelic History is on Facebook @musphilhistory

The Catalogue

Click here to search the Catalogue, which includes museum artefacts.

View recent displays at 41 Devonshire Place here: Events > Recent Displays.

De La Rue Collection Archive material images included. More...

Perkins Bacon Printers' records including Warrants for 1d, 2d & VR stamps 1840-5 now viewable in Perkins Bacon section on RPSL Catalogue.
Click here for more information.

During 2016, the RPSL was in its 148th year, and a display was given at the World Stamp Show NY 2016 in New York City 28 May - 4 June 2016, with items from each of the years of the Society's history. Click here to view the sheets from this display.

Other News

The Royal Philatelic Society London is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with pre-eminent philatelic libraries around the world to provide a centralised gateway to the greatest philatelic research in existence. More...

Members' Area

Please log in to the system using the panel at top right to be able to view the full content of the web site, including videos of live events. Fellows and Members of the Royal Philatelic Society London who wish to obtain a username and password for the Members' Area can register online by clicking this link (your contact id, which appears on your London Philatelist mailing sheet, is required). Alternatively you can email secretary@rpsl.org.uk asking for these.