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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.

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


15 September 2016 - British West Indies

The first meeting of the 2016-2017 season at No. 41 will feature a display of British Guiana, Barbados and British Honduras from The Royal Philatelic Collection. As this meeting will be restricted to Fellows and Members only, we are publishing the news early to give non-members sufficient time to join the Society and not miss the opportunity to view this wonderful collection.

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.

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to view the Press Release.

RPSL Planning Permission

Please click here to see the plans approved by Westminster City Council for developing our facilities at 41 Devonshire Place.

2015 Election of Fellows

Click here to view the list of new Fellows.

President's Dinner 2017

Stamp showing Lord's Cricket Ground © Stamp Design Royal Mail Group Ltd (1994)

The next President's Dinner will be held on the evening of Saturday 25th March 2017, in the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground. Further details will follow in due course.

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for St. Helena Archives announcement.



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

Museum Achieves Accreditation

The RPSL’s museum gains external Accreditation.

We are pleased to announce that in recognition of the advances the museum has made in recent years, on Aug 1 2014 we were awarded Accredited Museum status by the Arts Council England.”


The Catalogue

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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.
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RPSL Museum Artefacts are now on-line in the Catalogue and available to view.

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...

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