The destination for history


Pitkin has been at the forefront of heritage publishing for over seventy years. Mr Pitkin, an entrepreneur in the stark post-war years, was devoted to publishing highly illustrated souvenir guidebooks that commemorated special people and events in British history. One of the earliest souvenirs was for Princess Elizabeth’s wedding day in 1947, and subsequent publications documented other memorable royal occasions, including the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and all the royal tours around the world.

The British public became avid collectors of Pitkin guides and, as Pitkin grew, subjects widened to include cathedrals, stately homes, museums, and intriguing sites like Number 10 Downing Street.

Today the team at Pitkin stay true to Mr Pitkin’s legacy, publishing souvenir guides that assume no prior knowledge of a subject and include lavish illustrations and an informative and accessible text. We are thrilled to be publishing titles on famous people, such as Capability Brown; historic sites, like Salisbury Cathedral; and heritage cities, like Oxford and Cambridge. In this very special year, our 2016 commemorative Pitkin guide for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday has been warmly received by existing Pitkin fans as well as a new audience.

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Pitkin Exclusives

In addition, Pitkin publishes bespoke souvenir guides for visitor attractions, which are also becoming collectibles for both national and international visitors. If you are interested in hearing more about our bespoke service, please email