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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


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 8 December 2016 at 5pm Yvonne Wheatley will present the 1920 Allegory Issue of Czechoslovakia.

On Thursday 12 January 2017 at 1pm, David Alford and John Ray will display the stamps and postal history of Fiji.

Click here to view the Programme of Events for 2016-2017

Official Introduction of the RPSL in Pakistan

At ‘Pakistan 2016’, the National Stamp Exhibition taking place at the Karachi Expo Centre in Pakistan between 30 December 2016 and 1 January 2017, the Royal Philatelic Society London will be officially introduced, with a stand at the exhibition, to promote the importance of philately.

Click here for further details.

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 25 March 2017 in the Long Room at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. This is a wonderful venue, with views directly overlooking the hallowed turf.

Tickets will be sold strictly on a first come first served basis and, as the room has a fixed maximum capacity, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £145 per person to include pre-dinner drinks served from 6.30pm, and the meal with wine. The dress code will be Black Tie.

As an additional optional attraction, we have reserved spaces on a 45-minute guided tour of the Lord’s Cricket Pavilion and Museum. This is at an additional cost of £12 per person. There will be two tour groups of up to 40 people, one at 5pm and the other at 5.45pm. If you do wish to join one of these, then please state which of the two tours will be most convenient for you when booking.

Purchases of tickets for both the dinner and the tours can now be made in the online Shop (click here), or through the Administration office.

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.

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for St. Helena Archives announcement.



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

The Society is in its 148th Year

At the World Stamp Show held in New York between 28th May and 4th June 2016, a display comprised one philatelic item for every year since the establishment of the Society. Click here to see the displayed sheets.

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.
Click here for more information.

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...

Members' Area

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