The Bartlett Society, named in honour of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the great nineteenth-century superintendent of the Zoological Society of London's gardens at Regent's Park, was founded by C. H. Keeling on 27th October 1984 and is devoted to studying yesterday's methods of keeping wild animals.

We are a group of enthusiasts who have joined together in order to collect, study, preserve and record as much as possible of the history of wild-animal keeping in zoological gardens, private collections and elsewhere. Most of our members are interested in the historical aspects of the whole subject and the fascinating lessons which can be learned from the methods, successes and failures of times past. 

The Bartlett Society acts as a contact centre for people sharing a similar interest. Many members have impressive collections of zoological ephemera of different kinds, and within the society there is a great deal of expertise in various aspects of the subject. 

Communication occurs through our website, our Facebook page, a monthly e-newsletter, quarterly printed newsletter, yearly printed journal, and through formal and informal meetings.
Our next meeting will be the 2019 Spring Meeting at Amazing Animals, Heythrop Zoological Gardens, Oxon, on Saturday 18th May from 11 am. Full details can be found in the February 2019 B.S. newsletter.

Please use the menu links above or our sitemap to explore our website and find out more about our work and how you can become a member.




"One of the charms of Animals in the Blood is the detailed picture it paints of a previous age" International Zoo News vol. 59/6 Number 397 (Nov / Dec 2012)
... long overdue ... a must for any zoo enthusiast and follower of zoo history, whilst also providing an interesting read for all." RATEL, June 2012
 "... fun reading ... puts the development of zoos in Britain into a historical context along the time axis of the 20th century." WAZA NEWS, August 2012

"...a wonderful collection of more than 80 old black-and-white photographs..." 
The Avicultural Magazine, Vol. 118 No.3 2012

"Bartlett himself would have enjoyed this book."
The Salisbury Review, Autumn 2012