Membership of the Society

The applicant must be aged 18 or over. Members who act as proposer and seconder must, from personal knowledge, vouch for the applicant. Should the applicant not be known to any member of the Society, the name and address of a responsible person who can give a similar assurance must be supplied. It is not necessary for a prospective member to be an advanced philatelist.

The main benefits of membership are:

  1. Use of the premises at 41 Devonshire Place and the opportunity of attending regular meetings, inspecting many of the finest collections of stamps in existence and meeting prominent collectors.
  2. Access to one of the most comprehensive libraries of philatelic literature in the world, as well as the latest catalogues and periodicals.
  3. The right to submit stamps to the Expert Committee of the Society at fees lower than those payable by non-members, including two opinions each year FREE (subject to £15 per item handling charge).
  4. The receipt of The London Philatelist ten times a year.
  5. By the terms of the Society's constitution the Council may, at its discretion, designate certain members as 'Fellows' of the Society, and such Fellows shall have the right to place the letters FRPSL after their names.
  6. Wider access to online information through the members' section of this website.

Click here for A Brief Outline of Member Benefits

Fees

  • Entry/Joining Fee for New Members £30.00
  • Annual Membership Fees:
    • U.K. Town £168.00 (if home address is within a 40 mile radius of Charing Cross, London *)
    • U.K. Country £120.00 (elsewhere in the UK)
    • Overseas £108.00

* U.K. applicants can enter their postcode to calculate the Radius Distance (i.e. the straight line distance as the Crow Flies) from Charing Cross to their residence. Less than 40 miles means U.K. Town membership, greater than that means U.K. Country membership.

Enter the postcode in the box above, then click here to get the distance

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How to Apply

For a Membership Application Form, click here for a Microsoft Word document or PDF version to print.

Associate Membership

Any full-time student of the age of 14 or over interested in philately, and in the furtherance of the Objects of the Society, is eligible to apply to become an Associate Member. Associate membership has no upper age limit and can be applied for so long as the Associate Member is a full-time student.

The Society's Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy notes that
"An Associate Member who has not attained the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while attending a meeting of the Society. In this context 'guardian' means a legally appointed guardian or a person who has attained the age of 18 years standing in the place of a parent who takes responsibility for the Associate Member".

The benefits of being an Associate Member are:

  1. Wider access to online information through the members' section of this website.
  2. Use of the premises at 41 Devonshire Place and the opportunity of attending meetings.
  3. Access to the Society's comprehensive library of philatelic literature, as well as the latest catalogues and periodicals.
  4. Associate Members receive The London Philatelist, and news and information about the Society, by electronic communication.
  5. The opportunity to inspect fine collections, and meet prominent collectors, experts and enthusiasts for philately from both the United Kingdom and overseas.

Fees

  • An Associate Member shall not be liable to pay a joining fee.
  • The annual Associate Membership fee is £10.00

How to Apply

For an Associate Membership Application Form together with more information, click here for a Microsoft Word document or PDF version to print.