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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 these main areas:

  • The Royal Philatelic Society London
  • Philatelic Exhibitions
  • Philatelic and Security Printing
  • Philatelic Collecting
  • Philatelic Studies
  • Philatelic Trade
  • Philatelic Organisations
  • Postal Service Accessories and Administrations

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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Research

The Museum holds an extensive collection of objects and archives relating to the history of philately. Appointments for the Research Room can be booked between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, by emailing museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk. Further details on where to start, including details of our booking procedures and fees can be found here: Research Guidelines and Fees.

 

*Please note that the Museum collections cannot be accessed between Monday 19th February and Friday 2nd March 2018 due to staff annual leave*

Visiting us

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

Guided tours are available by appointment with the Museum Curator. There is a suggested minimum donation of £5. Please note, there may be a higher charge for larger groups (5+).

Appointments cannot be booked on the same day as a Society meeting. 

No. 41 Devonshire Place

 

Display

The permanent Museum display 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 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 or email the Curator at museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk.

 

Online Audio Tour App

Do you want to discover more of our objects online? Click on this logo for an audio-described tour of our collection:

Using this iZi Travel app for The Museum of Philatelic History, you can learn about Jean de Sperati, the famous forger, or Miss Adelaide Fenton, one of the first female members to join the Society, or find out about the complex process of lithographic printing.

The App was developed in partnership with U3A Volunteers over the course of three months.

 

Donations and loans

The Museum is always interested in donations to enrich its collection. If you would like to make a donation, or wish to discuss an ongoing donation, please contact the Curator.

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 Curator.

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 (Option 3)

Email: museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk

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