The Incorporated Phonographic Society

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 Come along and meet the Council and our Patron, Damian Pitman.  See the faces behind the words!


Patron with Members Dec 2016


 On-line dictation practice is taking its annual break

On-line on 26 July but then a break to 6 September 2018

Every Thursday 7 – 8 p.m., until 13 December 2018 restarting 3 January 2019.  Check with the Chair for any change


What our attendees have said:

“I am a bit rusty, but I thoroughly enjoyed the shorthand”;

“This is really good practice”;

“I’d like to do this again.”

“That was lovely thank you.  The modern stuff suits me better.”

How may you join in?

Email the Chair: to book your place and for banking details.  Once your payment is received you will be sent the Skype address to enable you to join in.

When is it?

Every Thursday at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., (except Christmas eve and New Year and  the month of August)

How much is it?

£5 for a one-hour session.

Where do I do it?

In your own home.

If you wish to join in regularly, then retain the log-in details to use again and again.  You just need to pay the weekly £5 fee by the morning prior to each Thursday evening session.

What speeds?

Whatever speed you wish. Whether you are pen or machine, low or high speed, returner to work or professional seeking extra practice (perhaps for realtime proficiency), you will find a welcome with The Incorporated Phonographic Society, believed to be the Oldest Society of Shorthand Writers in the World.

Would-be realtime on machine?  Practice in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  No travel time or expenses.

Incorporated in 1898 we offer examinations in shorthand speed from 50-250 wpm in the UK and overseas.

Need CPD?  A good place to get an hour’s structured Continuing Professional Development.

We also offer Typewriting examinations overseas.

The President’s talks are available to read on-line, under “Latest”.  Scroll down the page to find them.