Membership


The Heraldry Society exists to increase and extend interest in and knowledge of heraldry, armory, chivalry, genealogy and allied subjects. The Society is nonprofit making and is registered as an educational charity. Membership is open to all. As well as enjoying the privileges and advantages of membership, subscriptions help to further the aims of the Society.


Benefits of Membership


All members will receive our quarterly publication, The Heraldry Gazette. The Gazette contains heraldic news and comment, and details of meetings organised by the Society and other societies outside London.

A series of lectures and social events are organised each year. Details of the current programme can be found here.

Members may also subscribe to the Society's journal, The Coat of Arms, which aims to present heraldry in a scholarly and readable way. It is fully illustrated and is noted for its pages of lively correspondence.

Members have the option of attending International and National Congresses, Symposia and Study Days.

The Society awards certificates in Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Heraldry. Members have access to our Examinations Board, and examinations are held annually. Read the examination syllabus here.

Members have access to our book, slide and bookplate collections.


New Members


To join the Society please download the membership application form. This can be printed out, completed and then posted or faxed back to the Hon Treasurer.

New members can pay their first year's membership fee to the Society by either cheque (drawn on a UK bank only), bank transfer or PayPal. Further details are on the application form.


Renewing your Membership


The Society's membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. The Society asks all UK members, rather than paying by cheque, to consider making arrangements to automatically pay their membership fees on 1 January each year by either comleting a Banker's Order Form or, if they have an email address, access to the Internet and a UK bank account, by completing an online direct debit authorisation. Payment by direct debit is the least complicated way of paying your membership fees each year and is very cost efficient for the Society.

The Society is aware that for overseas members payment of membership fees by PayPal is probably the simplest method to use, although the most expensive for the Society. It is possible to set up a recurring payment with PayPal to automatically pay your membership fee each year.

Whichever way you decide to make your payment please download the "Making Your Payment" sheet. This sets out the various ways membership fees can be paid and includes all the information you should need. Attached to it is a Banker's Order Form for use by UK members. This can be completed and then posted or faxed to the Hon Treasurer. The Banker's Order Form includes a Gift Aid Declaration for use by members who are UK tax payers.

How to Join the Society


To join the Society please download the membership application form. This can be printed out, completed and then posted or faxed back to the Hon Treasurer.

New members can pay their first year's membership fee to the Society by either cheque (drawn on a UK bank only), bank transfer or PayPal. Further details are on the application form.

The Society's membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. The Society asks all members to make arrangements to automatically pay their membership fees on 1 January each year by either comleting a Banker's Order Form or, if they have an email address, access to the Internet and a UK bank account, by completing an online direct debit authorisation.

To pay automatically on 1 January each year by the first option please download the Banker's Order Form. This can be printed out, completed and then posted or faxed to the Hon Treasurer. The form includes a Gift Aid Declaration for UK tax payers. To pay automatically on 1 January each year by the second option please click on this link and follow the direct debit authorisation instructions on the screen.


Membership Fees 2015

Subscription Type Membership Only Plus 'The Coat of Arms'
UK Ordinary Membership £30.00 £46.00
Overseas Ordinary Membership £46.00 £62.00
UK Joint Membership
(couple living together)
£40.00 £56.00
Overseas Joint Membership
(couple living together)
£56.00 £72.00
UK Associate Membership
(under 21 years and/or full time education)
£15.00 £31.00
Overseas Associate Membership
(under 21 years and/or full time education)
£31.00 £47.00


1. For membership fees purposes "UK" covers the mainland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. "Overseas" includes the Republic of Ireland and the whole of Continental Europe.

2. All mailings to overseas members are sent by air mail. The additional cost for this (currently 16.00 a year) is incorporated into the overseas membership fees listed above.

3. Members applying for associate membership should provide proof of their age and/or that they are in full time education.

4. The Society's membership year is 1 January - 31 December. All membership fees are renewable on 1 January. Members joining part-way through the year and paying a full year's membership fee will be sent the publications which have been already issued in that year.


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