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


Dear Mr Poole

19th February 2020 to 28th June 2020. Superman, Dan Dare and His Nibs!! A collaboration between the Museum of Writing and the Cartoon Museum, this exhibition is sure to be a must-see event for all

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Northern Pen Show, UK

CANCELLED! More information can be found here: https://ukpenshows.co.uk/northern-pen-show-26th-april-2020/

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WES Pen Repair Classes 2020-2021

The third Leicester (Narborough) Pen Repair Class scheduled for March 28th/29th and 4th April (and advertised in a Communique earlier in the month) is now FULL. Over this season 32 WES members will

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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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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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