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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 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

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 Queensland pre-UPU announcement.


National Stamp Celebration Day

National Stamp Day 2017

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.

The celebration day, which has been arranged to coincide with the anniversary of the world's first postage stamp issue in May 1840 aims to raise awareness of the hobby of stamp collecting, and engage people in "one of the world's biggest inventions".

As the world's oldest extant stamp club, the Royal Philatelic Society London will open its doors on 4 May and we invite members of the public to bring along their 'stamps in the attic' for assessment.

Our President Frank Walton explains: 'We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in launching National Stamp Celebration Day and inviting people into The Royal. It is important to us to increase the awareness for the hobby and to showcase what we do as a Society. We have a wonderful history and are excited to share that.'

The Royal will be open from 10am to 4pm on 4 May and attendance is strictly by RSVP. To register your attendance, please send an email to the Society's secretary, secretary@rpsl.org.uk.


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 it collections, contact the Curator to find out more.

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

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