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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 1500 overseas members, and about 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.

Richard Stock, 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.

With best wishes, Richard Stock, President

We welcome feedback, comment and suggestions, positive, or less so. If you wish to join the Society, or you would like to find out more about the benefits of membership, please click this button:


Please Note

The Royal Philatelic Society London is now operating from temporary accommodation. The Society's Library and the Museum of Philatelic History are both closed at this time, and will re-open after the Society moves to its new premises, planned for early September 2019.

The Society's New Premises

The Society has moved its Administration Team into temporary accommodation, and the Society will then move into new premises in early September. Please click on the button below for the details:

Life Membership

For our Members and Fellows, Life Membership is available for £3000, or $4000, for applicants who apply before 31st July 2019 or until we reach 150 Life Memberships. More information is available here. Members and Fellows may apply now - contact secretary@rpsl.org.uk

The application closing date for Life Memberships has been extended from 31st July 2019 to 31st October 2019.

Conserving Our Printed Heritage
An Event at the RPSL
12pm to 4 pm, Saturday 28 September 2019

On 28 September 2019, come and join us in our new home at 15 Abchurch Lane for an informal afternoon celebrating London's printed heritage.

Perkins Bacon records

During the last year, grant funding from AIM, The Pilgrim Trust and NCMT has enabled us to conserve our significant archive of Perkins Bacon & Co. who were the printers of the Penny Black. This unique material reveals much about the history of security printing and gives an important insight into the inner workings of a Victorian business in London.

During the afternoon, conservator Victoria Stevens ACR from The Institute of Conservation will reveal how she has restored these important pieces of London history, bookbinder Ian Barnes will discuss binding techniques, and Dr Richard Morel FRPSL will give a brief introduction to conducting research and exploring the wider historical context of the material.

The event is free and includes tea/coffee and a tour of our new library and museum, but booking is essential. Click here for more details. Click here to book tickets.

Accredited Museum        The Association of Independent Museums      The Pilgrim Trust

Fair and Exhibition in Sindelfingen
G.B Postal History
Participation Invitation : 24 to 26 October 2019
Who will win the “Golden Posthorn”?

The annual fair and exhibition is to be held at Sindelfingen in Germany from 24 to 26 October 2019.

Every year at the International Postal History Competition collectors, largely from Europe, present their exhibits at this unique event. This year, the DASV (Deutscher Altbriefsammler-Verein, the German Postal History Society) has invited members of the Royal Philatelic Society London, and of the Postal History Society, to join them at this annual exhibition in Germany to make a special G.B Postal History participation.

Members are invited to take part. Click here for more details.

Forthcoming Meetings of
The Royal Philatelic Society London

Thursday 12 September 2019 at 1pm
Display from the Royal Philatelic Collection, Courtesy of Her Majesty The Queen.

This will be the first meeting to be held in our new premises at 15 Abchurch Lane.

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Members’ Collections 2019

For our 150th anniversary, the Society has published a permanent and representative record of how and what RPSL members collect in 2019. Copies may be ordered and paid for through the online shop. Click here for more details.

Stockholmia 2019

As part of the 150th Anniversary, for its major official international celebration, the Society was delighted to join with its members and friends from around the world at the 'Stockholmia 2019' international philatelic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden from 29th May to 2nd June 2019.

Sheets of self-adhesive Cinderella labels, to commemorate Stockholmia 2019 and the Society's 150th Anniversary, are available to purchase from the Society. Click here for details.

Information about all of the activities and events that are taking place in London, Gibraltar, Germany, Hong Kong, Sweden, and the USA to celebrate the Society's 150th Anniversary is available by clicking here.


Tomorrow's Royal Appeal

We have found a great and historic location and a building which we believe will support the Royal for the coming century and secure the future of the oldest philatelic society in the world. Our move into the premises is now only 1 month away, and the excitement is palpable. Generous donations will greatly assist in mitigating costs and regular giving of smaller amounts is encouraged. To find out more, and see how you can recognise what the Society means to you by helping support the Tomorrow’s Royal fundraising appeal, please click this button:

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Society Publications

Following the publication of ‘British Letter Mail to Overseas Destinations 1840 to UPU’, by Jane & Michael Moubray, it was discovered that page 307a had been inadvertently omitted. The missing page can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications web page.

Stamp Perforation: the Somerset House Years - 1848 to 1880
Free Downloads

Stamp perforation varieties have become a popular area to collect, however, copies of the 2006 book Stamp Perforation: The Somerset House Years — 1848 to 1880 are increasingly difficult to find.

The Royal Philatelic Society London, along with the authors, are delighted to provide a large section of this book as a PDF download, free to collectors, together with some additional downloads. The intention is to generate feedback from as many collectors as possible so that the authors can provide a comprehensive update in due course.

The downloadable files can be accessed by clicking on this link.

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...

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for Queensland pre-UPU announcement.

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.