The idea of SIGILLVM began in a meeting in London in February 2007 of persons with varied interests in seals. It was held on the initiative of members of the former Committee on Sigillography of the International Council on Archives who, much aware of the growing interest in seals in many different contexts, saw the need for an organisation open to others besides archivists.

Mission Statement

SIGILLVM is an international organization to support interest in, and the study of seals, both the impressions that authenticated documents and the dies from which they were made.

Its objectives are to:

  • Encourage and disseminate best practice in technical and scientific research related to seals and sealed documents (archival use and storage, conservation, teaching and research)
  • Promote research, teaching and publications related to all types of seals and sealed documents in all contexts (archives, museums, archaeological services, universities, schools, and private collections)
  • Encourage the use of seal and seal matrices in the study, teaching and writing of history (of all kinds, including social history and art history), archaeology, palaeography, archival studies, and other allied subjects.