A little about us

The Writing Equipment Society was established in 1980 by several patrons of a London pen store known as ‘His Nibs’. The Drury Lane shop was owned by the late Phillip Poole who regularly produced an informal newsletter for his customers and this newsletter was the forerunner of the now world renowned WES Journal. Phillip was the Society’s inaugural Chairman and held the post for 10 years during which time the Society became established as the leading organisation of its kind worldwide. A project commenced to establish a library that would record the history of writing equipment and this... Find out more


South West Pen Show, UK

The first UK pen show of the year is the South West to be held in Bristol on Sunday 2nd February 2020. As in previous years, the show location is the Doubletree Bristol North Hotel, Woodlands Lane,

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London International Pen Show - Spring, UK

The Spring London International Pen Show will be held on 8 March 2020 at the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HT.

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WES Winter Journal Now Out!

The latest WES Journal - No. 116 Winter 2019 has now been published and features a bumper 100 full colour pages. As usual, this journal is packed full of interesting articles including the 3rd part

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We're now on YouTube!

We now have a YouTube channel with videos you can watch! Head on over to the WES YouTube channel where we will post regular videos about writing ephemera.

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New WES website launched!

Welcome to the new Writing Equipment Society website! We hope you like the appearance of your new site and find it easy to use. The site now encompasses the membership database which is of course


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