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The Museum of Philatelic History

The Museum of Philatelic History at the Royal Philatelic Society London holds a collection of internationally significant objects. The collection of the Museum of Philatelic History started shortly after the Society’s inception in 1869 and has grown and expanded into the vast collection it is today. The collection covers the five main areas of:

  • Philatelic and security printing
  • Philatelic collecting
  • Exhibitions memorabilia
  • Postal Service accessories
  • The Royal Philatelic Society London
Mission Statement

To create and maintain a world-leading philatelic Museum whose activities assist with the Royal Philatelic Society London’s charitable aim of promoting education.

Accredited Museum

The Museum was awarded full Accreditation status in 2014 through Arts Council England (ACE).

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Visiting us

Visits to the Museum display are by appointment only. Appointments can be arranged with the Museum Curator between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm. 

Guided tours are available by appointment. For further information, please contact the Museum Curator. 

Please note appointments cannot be booked on the same day as a Society meeting. 


No. 41 Devonshire Place



The permanent Museum exhibition is located in the basement of the building. If the item you wish to view is not on display, please contact the Museum Curator who will organise an appointment in the Museum store:

Our temporary exhibition includes Museum, Archive and Library material and is located in the foyer, large library and the landing adjacent to the President's Room.

More information on the exhibitions

Jean de Sperati hand press on show in the permanent display, Copyright J.D. Ray


Volunteer with us

The Museum relies on the work and support of volunteers to help us in achieving our charitable aims.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here for information on specific projects. For further information, please email the Curator at


Donations and loans

The Museum is always interested in donation to enrich its collection. If you would like to make a donation, or wish to discuss an ongoing donation, please contact the Museum Curator on or by phone on 020 7486 1044 (select Option 3).

The Museum benefits greatly from financial donations which enables greater quantities of the collection to be digitized and conserved. If you would like to make a financial donation to the Museum, please contact the Museum Curator on

The Museum is happy to consider the loaning of material for exhibition, education or research purposes. For further information, click View Loans Policy otherwise please contact the Curator to discuss your needs further. 



The Royal Philatelic Society London
41 Devonshire Place London W1G 6JY
020 7486 1044


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