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Penguin Collectors Society


The Penguin Collectors Society is an educational charity with the objects of encouraging and promoting the study of Penguin Books and of conserving historical material in institutions available to researchers.

First published in 1935, Penguins rapidly became a force for cultural good on a par with the BBC or, later, the Open University. Penguins, Pelicans (non-fiction), Puffins (for children) and many other series fed a popular appetite for good reading, attractively packaged and cheap. Penguin today remains part of one of the world’s largest publishers. The Society’s members, numbering around 400 worldwide, are Penguin’s keenest students – and collectors.

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Latest News

January Wrap-up; What's On and What to Watch For

January Wrap-up; What's On and What to Watch For ImageWe are moving through winter, the days are (slowly) lengthening and the snowdrops are popping out so it is time to have a recap of what's on and what to watch out for. Read more
Posted on Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Exhibitions at Ditchling

Exhibitions at Ditchling ImageTwo exhibitions that are surely on Members' wish lists in one place! Between 6 January and 29 April 2018 the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is home to an exhibition featuring Elizabeth Friedlander and her relationship with Penguin. Alongside this is a display entitled 20 Years of Penguin Essentials which looks at the series that began in 1998. Read more
Posted on Sunday, 7th January 2018

‘A club for the nicest bunch of nutters’

Remembering Godfrey Smith who died on 22 December at the age of 91. Read more
Posted on Sunday, 31st December 2017

Radio 4 and the Penguin Guides

Radio 4 and the Penguin Guides ImageBBC Radio 4 plans to broadcast three short pieces about the 1939 Penguin Guides during ‘The World at One’ programme... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, 20th December 2017

It's that Time of Year ... Again

It's that Time of Year ... Again ImageAnd no, I don't mean it's time for the note to Santa asking him to find you a Penguincubator or that missing Allen Lane Christmas Book. Instead I am making a shamless plug and wishing you, as per King Penguin [K38] Compliments of the Season. Read more
Posted on Tuesday, 12th December 2017