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


Museum of Writing Research Collection at The British Library, London

If by chance you are in London between 26th April and 27th August 2019 this British Library exhibition is a must, especially if you are interested in writing and its history and writing

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Northern Pen Show (UK)

Northern Pen Show is held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Warington Road, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3PD on Sunday 28th April 2019.

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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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WES Winter Journal Now Out!

The latest WES Journal - No. 113 Winter 2018 has now been published and features a bumper 80 full colour pages. As usual, this journal is packed full of interesting articles including the Unique Pens

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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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