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Are you interested in learning more about the world’s longest running Society for calligraphers, illuminators and lettering artists? 

Then read on and discover how you could benefit from joining The Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

You will learn about its history, its membership scheme, its publications and how it can help you to develop your calligraphic skills. The following pages also provide you with the facility to enrol as either a Friend of the SSI or a Lay Member.

Read on to learn more, and feel free to e-mail for more information.


About the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.

The aim of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators is to bring the beauty of handwritten words and letters to the world. We do this by holding exhibitions, showing up-to-date work by the masters of calligraphy – our Fellows and our most experienced Lay Members. We hold several meetings a year showing work and talking about it in less formal settings: Lay Members’ Day, Research & Technical Day and the Annual General Meeting. Each year we issue two copies of The Scribe, our well-known journal, and four newsletters by email.

The SSI was founded in 1921 in the UK by early students of Edward Johnston with the aim of advancing the crafts of writing and illumination. Today it is the international focus for professional calligraphers and enthusiastic amateurs, drawing its membership from the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa and the Far East. 


Membership of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators

Membership of the SSI is available to all interested calligraphers, regardless of your level of experience or what part of the world you are living in. The benefits of joining are enormous and will help you develop your calligraphic skill. Click here to learn more about these benefits.