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About the Society & Contacts

Aims of the Society

• To bring together those with an interest in the Inn & Pub Sign in general
• To provide a means of exchanging information about these signs
• To encourage research into, the 'Inn Sign' and all its many facets
• To research the origins of the many names given to inns
• To establish archives, both written and pictorial, accessible to members
• To record the sign artists, their sources and their material

The Society has a membership of around 250, with the majority resident in the U.K., and members abroad.

Membership is open to all those interested in discovering information about inn signs and pub names - collectively referred to as inn-signia.

Membership Enquiries

Before joining the Society most members thought themselves to be alone in their interesting hobby.
Only when they did join came the realisation that many others shared their passion.
A particularly enjoyable aspect of inn and pub signs is the innumerable choice of topics in which members can specialise if they so wish.
Some members prefer to collect signs of a single county or relating to a specific brewery.
Some of our members give talks and presentations on their subjects; See below list of Speakers.

Contact the Membership Secretary for any enquiries regarding membership - or for Members to notify changes of address or contact details.

Contact Us

Please note the Inn Sign Society is an organisation run solely by its members.
We wil do our best to respond to your email as promptly as possible.
Please email the Secretary

Comments & General Enquiries

We welcome visitors' comments, especially ones that are constructive!
If you have a specific question concerning any aspect of the ISS, please check the list of FAQ's on the 'Members & Join us' page which may answer your query.
Otherwise, email the Secretary.

Media Enquiries & ISS Archives

The Inn Sign Society is recognised as a leading authority with acknowledged expertise on the subject of inn signs and pub names. The Society is regularly consulted by local historians, sign artists, breweries and the media, requiring information or clarification on the origin of inn signs or names.

We are always pleased to help the media and all groups research these origins, however we reserve the right to charge for our services especially if required at short notice. We prefer the enquirer make a donation according to their estimation of the worth of our contribution.

In all cases, we respectfully ask that proper acknowledgment of source of material be accredited to the Inn Sign Society.
Should you require any photographic material from our archives, or have any other media enquiries: Please email the Secretary.


It has often been said that a minor history of England could be written from the study of Inn signs.

Areas covered Subjects Contact details
West Midlands 15 different talks on pub signs including Transport, Britain at War, Maritime & Sport, Ladies, Animals, Humour, Crime & Punishment David Cole - Walsall
Tel: 01922 476055
Devon Devonshire Inns sign talks, Devon Railways, Smuggling, photo quizzes, Xmas presentations Robert Hesketh – Bovey Tracey
01626 833887
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland Inn signs in general, the Midlands, England, Literary Associations, Pint & Prayer and an artist's look at inn signs Ken Day - Market Harborough
01858 433183
Cumbria History of inn signs. Trevor Green - Penrith
Yorkshire, Lancashire History of England through Inn and Tavern Signs plus quiz. Interesting and Infamous People Above Our Heads. The stories behind faces on Inn signs. Michael Astrop - Todmorden

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