The Incorporated Phonographic Society

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The IPS 2021 AGM is back to in-person!

Saturday, 4 December 2021 @ 2:30 p.m. starting with a talk by President, John Dawson


(Patron, Damian Pitman seen here with our President, John Dawson.)

email the June Harris at her new email address: to confirm a) that you are coming and b) your menu choice, by Sunday 28 November 2021, please (and for details of how to pay for lunch.  No charge to attend the AGM only, members!)


Venue:  The Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ.  (Nearest station Charing Cross)  A Council member can sign you in.


Meet in the bar for pre-lunch drinks at 12:30; lunch at 1 p.m., AGM 2:30 p.m.

Damian can't be with us this year, but come along and meet our Patron's father, retired Judge David Pitman (Great grandson of Sir Isaac Pitman)


Non-members may attend the pre-lunch drinks and the lunch, but not the AGM which is for members only.







Not a member? Why not join? Check out our Membership Page.

On-line dictation practice is on Mondays

Every Monday 7 - 8 p.m., (except Bank Holidays and the whole of August). Check with the Chair for any change

Christmas 2021 closing 22 December 2021 7-8 p.m. last one until 10 January 2022 7-8 p.m.  See you there!

Earn structured CPD.  Open during the COVID-19 lockdown.  You don't have to leave home.

                                              See our online dictation


Special rate for  for AVSTTR and BIVR members during lockdown, i.e., only £3 per one-hour session - retained!

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 Monday (from 2019) at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., (except Bank Holidays, 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 Monday 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.

Some free audio dictation is under Examinations.

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.

Check out the latest news! -


Read the President's Address 2018

We had a lovely lunch joined by several members plus our Patron, Damian Pitman and his father, retired judge David Pitman.

Read David Pitman's talk here - sorry that the "audio buttons" do not work in a pdf file, so to listen to the sound files I have added them separately. Please note: Sir Isaac's recording takes a few moments to be heard and gets clearer as you listen:


Listen to David Pitman's POEM

David Pitman's preview to Sir Isaac Pitman's recording

Sir Isaac recording

Patron with Members Dec 2016