Since its foundation in 1986 the Society has had as its primary aim supporting the College of Arms in its research of heraldry, genealogy and military insignia , the preparation and granting of arms, and the preservation of its history, buildings and traditions.
Part of this support is derived from money raised by the subscriptions, activities and donations of its thriving membership but as important is the cooperation and good will of its members to the College of Arms that continues to make an important contribution to the history and traditions of the UK and the Commonwealth.
The College of Arms is a royal corporation of professional officers-of-arms with jurisdiction in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth realms. Established in 1484, since its reincorporation in 1555 the College’s home has been on the same site, now Queen Victoria Street in the City of London. Here the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, oversees the corporation, which includes up to thirteen officers appointed by the Sovereign, comprising of three Kings of Arms and up to six Heralds and four Pursuivants. It is one of the last European heraldic authorities, and although its members are part of the Royal Household the College is self-financed and unsupported by public funds.
We welcome new members, both armigerous and those who have an interest in the study of history and the role that heraldry has played in the heritage of the UK and the rest of the world.
The cost of an individual membership subscription is £30 (UK pounds sterling).
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:
- A quarterly illustrated Newsletter, which is delivered electronically (Paper copies are also available on the payment of a postal supplement)
- An Annual Reception held at the College of Arms.
- A number of visits each year to sites of heraldic interest.
- Periodic events and celebrations.
- The purchase of member’s items from our shop.
- The opportunity to include your arms on the Society website armorial.