The Incorporated Phonographic Society

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The IPS 2023 AGM is back to in-person!

Saturday, 2 December 2023 @ 12:30 - 1 p.m. lunch followed by a talk by President, John Dawson and then the AGM.


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

Please email June Harris: to confirm a) that you are coming and b) your menu choice, by Sunday 27 November 2022, 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.

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

Note that we have reverted to 7 - 8 p.m.!

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

as well as to get the Skype link and IPS BACs details for payment.

  See you there!

Earn structured CPD.    You don't have to leave home.  New members welcome.

                                              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 8 p.m. - 9 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 - reduced to £3 during Covid (and continuing at that price due to the Cost of Living Crisis!)

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 £3 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 travel 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