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


Madrid Pen Show

The Madrid Pen Show takes place at Hotel Miguel Angel, Calle Miguel Angel, 29-31, 28010 Madrid, Spain on 15th to 17th November 2019. More information here: http://madridpenshow.com/?lang=en

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Bologna Pen Show (Italy)

The Bologna Pen Show will be held at the NH Hotel, Piazza XX Settembre 2, Bologna, Italy on 23rd November 2019.

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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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We're now on Instagram!

If you are on Instagram, go check out our new Instagram account where we post daily photos of pens and other writing ephemera on Instagram.com/writingequipmentsociety

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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


WES on Instagram

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