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Let us introduce ourselves to you. We are an International Society of nearly 2500 members worldwide, 60% of whom live outside the UK. To read our Mission Statement in English or in other languages, please click on the relevant flag above.
As we have members throughout the UK and around the world, we have organised regional Representatives who co-ordinate activities for the members and guests in their regions. The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship, 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. If you are interested in the benefits of membership of the Society, please click here for the Membership Information including the application form.
To read more about the Society, you can click to expand the sections below to see the details.
The Society has its premises at 15 Abchurch Lane, London. Please click here to see information and pictures showing the premises, so you will be able to get a good impression of the building and its location.
The RPSL holds meetings and has a lecture programme, whereby members present philatelic material in the meeting rooms and give talks on the subject.
We also hold virtual meetings using Zoom video conferencing, which allow our members and invited guests from all over the world to readily join the meetings.
In order that members who do not attend may view the meetings (both the physical ones and those held online) we make available to members videos of the meetings.
The John Sacher Library houses an extensive collection of books, catalogues and journals about essentially every aspect of philately and postal history.
We have some very interesting Philatelic Collections, which may be viewed by arrangement with the Curator of these Collections. Please click here to see some items from the collections.
The Museum of Philatelic History at the Royal Philatelic Society London incorporates the Society's Archive. Over the decades, the RPSL has acquired a large collection of artefacts and records that are currently housed in its Museum. The collections have high historic and monetary value and are a valuable resource for research on many aspects of philatelic development and exhibition. In keeping with its standing as a learned society with a worldwide reputation for excellence, the RPSL invests considerable resources on improving the conservation and preservation of the Museum collection. It is an Accredited Museum, open to the public for you to visit and see the artefacts and records.
The John Sacher Library, the Society's Archive and the Museum of Philatelic History all provide a wonderful resource for research. To help with the research, our website has an online Catalogue that you can use to search for information of interest to you. The Catalogue contains records of not only items held by the RPSL, but also by other philatelic libraries in numerous countries.
The Society publishes books on a wide range of philatelic subjects. Please click here for the gallery of the RPSL's publications, from where you may order books through the Society's online shop.
We also provide a philatelic Expertisation service, providing expert opinion regarding whether items are genuine or fake. Please click here for more information about the Expertisation facility.
On Friday 9th October there will be the long awaited Charity Auction. Once it is ready, the catalogue will be available here. Anyone may bid, and you do not have to be a member of the RPSL, but pre-registration may be required. You may email your bids to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Philatelic Society London is to be the lead exhibitor at the first physical STAMPEX for over a year. Note the dates: 17th-20th February 2021 at The Business Design Centre, Islington. Members who wish to display at this show should contact
On Friday 19th February 2021 is the RPSL President’s Dinner at The Guildhall in London: Tickets are available from the online shop https://members.rpsl.org.uk/shop
Those members who have already booked and paid for the dinner at London 2020 that was cancelled are automatically booked into the new date, unless they have informed the Administration Office.
The regional Representatives organise meetings in their regions, including online meetings, as appropriate.