The list below shows all Heraldry Societies of the UK, their activities, contact information, and how to join them.

Heraldry Societies - United Kingdom

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (now Midland Ancestors)

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry is the principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The society has more than 2,000 members world-wide, who share and in family history and the places within the three Midland counties where their ancestors lived. Regular meetings take place in Staffordshire (Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton), Warwickshire (Birmingham and Kenilworth), Worcestershire (Bromsgrove and Stourbridge) and London. The society publishes four issues a year and has a family history centre and libraries with reference collections.

  • New Memberships – Full £14.50, Joint £20.00
  • Renewals – Full £14.50, Joint £20.00
Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society

Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society

The Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society was formed as the result of the merger in 1957 of a previous society of the same name (founded 1950) with the Cambridge University Society of Genealogists (founded 1954). Four speaker meetings abour heraldry and genealogy are held in each of the Michaelmas and Lent terms and a ninth at the beginning of the Easter term. There are usually two outings each year and one large dinner each term. Arms were granted to the Society in 2007.

The Society welcomes applications for membership from junior members of the University, senior members of the University (both resident and non-resident), and from non-members.

  • Membership: £10 per annum 
  • £5 for members in statu pupillari 
  • £15 for overseas members.
City of Bath Heraldic Society

City of Bath Heraldic Society

The City of Bath Heraldic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008. Their membership is open to all – whether expert or beginner. Some of the members are the best known names in the Heraldry world while others simply come to the meetings because every aspect of Heraldry opens up knowledge on many other subjects. Anyone interested in history or genealogy needs at least a basic knowledge of Heraldry. Although they meet in Bath, their Membership base is wide – members travel from Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Glamorgan, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Membership of the Society costs £12.00 per year. Just print this page, fill in your details, and post it with your cheque to the address stated in the link.

  • Membership: £12 per year.
Flag Institute

Flag Institute

Flying high since 1971, the Flag Institute is the authority on flags and flag flying (vexillology). It fosters study and understanding. It promotes flag design and flag use. And it offers a unique free source of expert advice, information and comment. Membership is open to all.

The Flag Institute offers a warm welcome to members worldwide – experts and novices, vexillologists and vexillographers, flag geeks and flag nerds.

Membership rates 2020/21

  • Individual: digital (£21); UK (£28); Europe (£37); World (£44)
    • digital subscribers receive Flagmaster in PDF only
    • UK taxpayers may opt to Gift Aid their subscription
  • Group: UK (£49); Europe (£59); World (£69)
    • for non-profit organisations: schools, libraries, colleges, museums, government departments etc
  • Trade: UK (£69); Europe (£79); World (£84)
    • for commercial organisations: flagmakers, publishers etc
  • Registered British Flagmaker: £250 (UK only)
    • premium trade membership: open only to flagmakers manufacturing in the UK
The Harleian Society

The Harleian Society


The Harleian Society is a registered charity (no. 253659) established in 1869 and incorporated in 1902. Its official objects are the transcribing, printing and publishing of the heraldic visitations of counties, parish registers or any manuscripts relating to genealogy, family history and heraldry. The Society is known for the quality and scholarship of its publications, particularly its editions of the Heralds’ Visitations in the possession of the College of Arms.

The Society can accept payments online for subscriptions and also orders for back copies of recent Harleian Society volumes. 

More information: https://harleian.org.uk/Subscribing.htm

The Heraldry Society of Scotland

The Heraldry Society of Scotland

The Heraldry Society of Scotland was founded in 1977 with the objective of promoting the study of heraldry and encouraging its correct use in Scotland and Overseas. The Society encourages people to join whether they have their own arms, intend to procure arms, or have a general interest in Scottish Heraldry. Meetings are held several times during the year for lectures or visits to places of historic and heraldic interest, both in Scotland and in other countries.

Subscriptions are due on the 1st April of each year. You may join the Society by sending an application form and your cheque by post to the Membership Secretary.

  • Uk Subscription: £35
  • Europe Subscription: £42
  • Rest of the World Subscription: £45
  • Junior (under 25) Subscription: £15
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is an independent charitable trust dedicated to family history and heraldry education and research. It offers affordable, Accessible and Accredited courses for all levels. Associate Membership of the Institute is open to all. 

Members receive a complimentary copy of The Institute’s journal, Family History, as well as a 10% discount on purchases made through our bookshop and a reduced rate for day courses. Free Graduate Membership is also available to those who have obtained the Diploma in Genealogy or Licentiateship of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. The membership year runs from 1st October – 30th September.

  • New members: An initial fee of £37.50 (if applying after 31st March this is reduced to £30).
  • Regular fee: £22.50 a year.

Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Formed in 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire), the Society now has twelve branches in Lancashire, together with one in London where members meet regularly. The Society has a worldwide membership. In the UK, meetings are held in Lancashire, where there are 13 branches including the Heraldry group and Irish Ancestry group, and in London. Membership of the Society is open to any individual or institution interested in furthering the objects of the Society.

The annual subscription runs from January to December – this includes the cost of and postage for four quarterly journals.

  • Ordinary (UK): £14.00 (Individuals below state retirement age)
  • Family (UK): £15.00 (All members of a household. Only one journal goes to the household address)
  • Pensioners (UK): £12.00 (State retirement age or over)
  • Student (UK): £12.00
    Overseas: £16.00
The Norfolk Heraldry Society

The Norfolk Heraldry Society

The Society was founded by Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Norroy and Ulster, King of Arms, in 1976. Meetings take place in the Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich. 

For more information about the Society please contact the Society at http://www.norfolkheraldry.org.uk/contact.html

  • £20 Single annual subscription Norfolk or Suffolk
  • £25 Joint annual subscription Norfolk or Suffolk
  • £15 Annual subscription elsewhere in UK & Europe
  • £20 Annual subscription outside Europe.
Oxford University Heraldry Society

Oxford University Heraldry Society

This Society is nearly one and three-quarter centuries old, but like King Arthur it had been dormant. Now once again it can help us all to delight in and to study the many colourful ways in which kings and yeomen, nations and colleges, regiments and churchmen, have chosen to symbolise themselves and their pretensions over the centuries.

The Society offers lectures – both learned and frivolous – for visits and excursions. Check the programme to find out more: http://www.oxford-heraldry.org.uk/programme.htm

Society of Heraldic Arts

The Society of Heraldic Arts

Founded in 1987, the Society of Heraldic Arts was the first organisation of its kind in the world. It is now an established and much respected international guild of heraldic artists, designers and craftspeople, its Craft Members offering a comprehensive range of services to private clients and to corporate and civic organisations.

Any artist or craftsperson whose work includes a substantial body of heraldry is eligible to apply for Craft Membership. Prospective Craft Members are invited to submit a selection of their work for consideration by the Society’s Appointments Board.
There are no fees or subscriptions: the cost of maintaining the Society’s website is met purely by donations.
The Society of Scottish Armigers

The Society of Scottish Armigers

The object and purposes of the Society are to research, identify, and record Armorial Bearings, to publish and disseminate an historical record of said Armorial Bearings along with biographical information regarding the Armigers, to educate the public regarding the history and meaning of Armorial Bearings within the Scottish tradition, and to preserve and disseminate knowledge regarding Scottish heraldry.

Membership Payments & Annual Dues Individuals

  • A one-time application fee of $130 U.S., for membership, which includes the first year’s dues.
  • Annual Dues for Individual Members $30 U.S.

Membership Payments & Annual Dues Organisations

  • A one-time application fee of $350 U.S., for membership, which includes the first year’s dues.
  • Annual Dues for Individual Organisations $50 U.S.
Somerset Heraldry Society

Somerset Heraldry Society

The Somerset Heraldry Society was founded in January 2003. First and foremost its mission was to study and discuss the heraldry of Somerset, but it soon showed itself to be a group interested in considering the subject in all its varied aspects as well as forging links with other like-minded organisations. The social side of life has not been neglected and the society prides itself on the way it has rapidly become a growing band of friends and something of an informal dining club.

To join, you need to fill in a form and send it to the Somerset Heraldry Society. More information: http://www.somerset-heraldry.org.uk/application.htm

Meetings cost £1

Suffolk Heraldry Society

The Society holds regular meetings throughout the year in the Centre of Bury St. Edmund’s with experienced speakers. The Society contributed to the conservation of heraldry in the country’s churches and runs courses for members on heraldry and interpretation. They also hold an annual St. George’s Day festivity lunch.

The Society holds regular events. Check the calendar at http://www.suffolkheraldry.org.uk/events.html

The White Lion Society

The White Lion Society

For 35 years the Society has supported the College of Arms, during which time its sole aim has been to assist the College in (i) its research of heraldry, genealogy and military insignia , (ii) preparation and granting of arms and (iii) the preservation of its history, buildings and traditions.

The annual Membership subscription, including renewal, is £20 (or £21 if paying on-line), and must be paid in sterling. Membership is renewable on the next following 1st January.

The benefits of being a member are derived in the first place from the satisfaction we gain in supporting the College of Arms and further include:

  1. A quarterly Newsletter, which is delivered electronically (Paper copies are also available on the payment of a postal supplement)
  2. An Annual Reception held at the College of Arms.
  3. A number of visits each year to sites of heraldic interest.
  4. Periodic events and celebrations.
  5. The purchase of member’s items from their shop.
  6. The opportunity to include your arms on the Society website.
The Yorkshire Heraldry Society

The Yorkshire Heraldry Society

Originating from an evening class on heraldry in 1970 the Leeds Heraldry Society changed its name to The Yorkshire Heraldry Society in 1987 to attract a wider membership. They are still a small society with around 50 members and would very much welcome new blood. 

Membership costs £8 per annum and the meetings cover a range of topics often of general interest with an heraldic theme (such as the history of pub signs) to the history of specific Coats of Arms.

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