The Society’s fascinating history can be discovered through the use of our archives which are held in Westminster and contain documents from the foundation of the Society to the present day.  The Diploma Collection contains work from past and current Members of the Society.  The Society is active in loaning works of art from our collection and assisting in research.


The Business of Watercolour: A Guide to the Archives of the Royal Watercolour Society by Simon Fenwick and Greg Smith references the contents of the archives and is the suggested place to start your research.  Watercolour Secrets by Jill Leman VPRWS contains information on the Society’s current Membership of 75 artists and can be bought from Bankside Gallery’s bookshop.


To make an appointment or an enquiry please email our Archives Coordinator at 


A selection of works from the RWS Collection can be viewed on Art UK.