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The Museum of Philatelic History

Stamp creation

Stamp usage

Stamp collecting


Permanent displays are located in the basement. These reflect the breadth of the Museum collections covering:

  • The History of the Society
  • The Stamps lifecycle - we tell the story of a stamps life from when it was created at the printers, subsequently used in postal services and by people, then how it changes into a collectable item which is displayed at exhibitions.

Further permanent wall displays of medals are situated along the stairs and on some of the landings, and are well worth a look. Rare casts of the Wyon and Machin heads are also on display in the Alma & Ron Lee Meeting Room.

Temporary exhibitions containing material from the Museum, Archive, Library and Philatelic Collections are found in the main foyer, the large library and on the mid-floor before the first floor

Entrance foyer

Access: The Permanent displays are accessible via stairs or stair lift; the Temporary exhibitions on the first floor do not have stair lift accessibility. 

Please note that the main entrance to this listed building has some steps. For further details, contact us before visiting.

Getting here: View local map and contact details

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Temporary exhibitions

If you are planning a visit, please let the Curator know beforehand by emailing

Women in Philately exhibition

Women in Philately
14 May – 17 September 2018

Join us as we mark the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK. The exhibition will be showcasing some of the brilliant minds commemorated on a stamp including Emmeline Pankhurst, Marie Curie, Bessie Coleman and Vivien Leigh.

Come and learn about their lives and the women of The Royal Philatelic Society London who are making an impact through their research, publications and exhibitions.


Highlights of No. 41 Devonshire Place exhibition

Highlights of No. 41 Devonshire Place
31 July – 2 November 2018

This, our final temporary exhibition at No. 41 Devonshire Place, looks at the history of the Society over the past 93 years, from the acquisition of the current building through to the acquisition of our new home at 15 Abchurch Lane.

Through objects and archives on display in the basement, we celebrate the memorable events, influential personalities and significant donations made to the Society over the years. The exhibition will be on display until 2nd November 2018, before it makes its journey to Stockholm next year, for our major official international celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London.

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