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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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PCS AGM 2020

PCS AGM 2020 ImageThe Notice of the Annual General Meeting and relevant paperwork has been sent out to Members. For those in the UK this was included in the package that contained the new Companion but for overseas members it was sent separately a week earlier. ** Text updated 19 November with Trustee Reports**

If you have received your Companion but not the AGM papers please get in touch with without delay. Read more
Posted on Thursday, 5th November 2020

The 2020 Get Together that Wasn't

The 2020 Get Together that Wasn't ImageBy coincidence yesterday I found myself driving past the entrance to Bishop Grosseteste University ....
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Posted on Saturday, 5th September 2020

PCS AGM and Annual Get Together 2020

PCS AGM and Annual Get Together 2020 Image
Members will not be surprised to learn that the Trustees have accepted the inevitable and are sad to announce that the 2020 Annual Meeting planned for 4-6 September 2020 in Aldeburgh has had to be postponed (until 3-5 September 2021). 

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Posted on Friday, 22nd May 2020

2019-2020 PCS Bursary Award

2019-2020 PCS Bursary Award ImageIt's that time of year again when the PCS Post Graduate Bursary Scheme winner is announced. This year we have two successful students, Anna Richardson and Stephen Hickson. For short biopics and the titles of their dissertations .... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, 21st April 2020

The Art of Living

The Art of Living ImageI wonder how quickly 'social distancing' will make it to the OED new words list. What other words are appearing in our vocabulary in these strange times and what can we do now we are confined to quarters? UPDATED! Read more
Posted on Thursday, 26th March 2020