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Arms of the College of Arms The College of Arms is the official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Commonwealth families and their descendants.

Badge of the Heraldry Society The Heraldry Society exists to increase and extend interest in and knowledge of heraldry, armory, chivalry, genealogy and allied subjects.

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (London Branch)

The principal family history society for the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and  Worcestershire promotes, maintains, and encourages good practice, research, preservation of records (including transcription and publication), publication and dissemination of good practice, collaboration with other interested bodies in connection with genealogy and heraldry. Its London branch meets quarterly in Clerkenwell and Kensington.


Logo of the Chiltern Heraldry Group Chiltern Heraldry Group is an association which meets for occasional excursions and social gatherings and to receive and present talks and displays of armorial and antiquarian interest in the Chilterns and Thames Valley region.

The City of Bath Heraldic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008. The Society has always been made up of enthusiastic and friendly people; some of whom are the best known names in the Heraldry world while others simply come to our meetings because every aspect of Heraldry opens up knowledge on many other subjects, such as history or genealogy.

Oxford University Heraldry Society, the oldest heraldry society in Britain (1835), has been re-founded (2009) under the chairmanship of Fr Mark Turnham Elvins. A website has been launched and a programme of visits and meetings is being developed.

Badge of the White Lion Society The White Lion Society, founded in 1986, raises funds for the purchase of items or services of historical or heraldic importance for Her Majesty's College of Arms in London.

Badge of the Norfolk Heraldry Society The Norfolk Heraldry Society, founded in 1976 by Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, now Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, is open to all who are interested in heraldry and related subjects.

The Suffolk Heraldry Society

The Society was formed in 1977, with the aim of providing the opportunity for people interested in heraldry to meet and share their interest with others. It also aims to promote the study and practice of heraldry and to teach members how to read and understand a coat of arms. To this end, lectures by visiting experts and members are held.


The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) was the first centre for Family History Studies. Founded in 1961, it offers a wide range of courses on family history, heraldry and related historical subjects. With its formidable library and collections of manuscripts and research facilities, it was brought to Canterbury's Northgate and housed in fine medieval buildings by Cecil Humphery-Smith.

Badge of the Society of Antiquaries The Society of Antiquaries hosts the library of the Heraldry Society, whose members may use it on any weekday except Thursday.

Badge of the Society of Genealogists The Society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. Its library has an extensive heraldry section.

The Family History page includes some societies who express an interest in heraldry

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