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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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The Penguincubator rides again!

The Penguincubator rides again! ImageAt the end of last month there was a flurry on Twitter when Penguin Books announced the arrival of a book vending machine at Exeter Station. All Penguin collectors hanker after finding that most illusive of holy grails, the Penguincubator, and this is its latest incarnation. Read more
Posted on Thursday, 6th April 2023

Penguin Researchers Network

Penguin Researchers Network Image'Researching Penguin: A Far From Random House' is the Penguin Researchers Network inaugural 2-day event and will take place at the University of Bristol (and online) from 17-18 May 2023. Read more
Posted on Tuesday, 4th April 2023

Life after the Annual Meeting and some Interesting Links

Life after the Annual Meeting and some Interesting Links ImageThe Annual Meeting 2022 at Aldeburgh was something of a triumph after our two lean years! Whilst Adrian King will send a full report to the Editor for inclusion in the next Collector, you might enjoy the following links. Plus some exhibitions of interest over the coming months (the thumbprint is from one of these). Read more
Posted on Saturday, 8th October 2022

Annual Meeting 2022

Annual Meeting 2022 ImagePlans for the Annual Meeting continue apace. A reminder, please, that those attending should return the insert from the June Collector. If you are unable to be there, Forms of Proxy will be gratefully received! Details ..... Read more
Posted on Monday, 1st August 2022

2021-2022 PCS Bursary Award

2021-2022 PCS Bursary Award ImageThe PCS Bursary Post Graduate Bursary Scheme award winner for 2021-2022 has been announced. Read more
Posted on Monday, 16th May 2022
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