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:
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.
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, Frank Walton, President
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.
Society's Publications awarded Large Gold Medals
We are pleased to report that at Spring Stampex 2017, held in London in February, two of the Society's publications were awarded Large Gold Medals. These were Baghdad in British Occupation: The Story of the 1917 Provisional Stamps by Freddy Khalastchy FRPSL and Southern African Mails, Routes, Rates and Regulations 1806 – 1916 by Brian Trotter RDP FRPSL. Congratulations to both the authors. More information about these books is available on the Publications page.
The Society's Premises
A decision has been made on the future of the Society's premises. Members may log in using the panel at top right to view the statement from the Chairman of the Building Development Committee and relevant detailed reports.
2016 Election of Fellows
Click here to view the list of new Fellows.
Forthcoming Meetings at No.41
On Thursday 11 May 2017 at 5pm Scott Treacey will present GB Line-Engraved Plate Repairs 1840-1855
On Thursday 18 May 2017 at 1 pm, Alan Huggins will display the Society’s Philatelic Collections
Click here to view the Programme of Events for 2016-2017
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.
Julian Chapman Award
Click here for Queensland pre-UPU announcement.
National Stamp Celebration Day
A new initiative to hold an annual National Stamp Celebration Day on 4 May 2017 is to be celebrated with an invitation to the public to bring their treasured stamps along to us at the Royal Philatelic Society London.
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