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.


New publication

Where the Lion Trod is an account of some of the long-closed zoological gardens of the British Isles. While a few of these are well known and well documented, such as the Tower of London and the Menagerie in Knowsley Park, the majority are not; the histories of zoological gardens from Cardiff to Rosherville and Halifax to Cheltenham are recorded here.

Where the Lion Trod was originally produced by Clam  Publications in 1984 - the year that The Bartlett Society was founded by Clinton Keeling -  to record the history of a number of long-closed zoological collections in the UK. The original work was typed with two fingers by Clinton Keeling, corrected by his wife, Pam, and, after an initial photo-copy run, was individually copied to order. This book, along with the subsequent "Where the..." books, has long been out of print. Clinton soon discovered that there were many more "unrecorded" zoological gardens with the consequence that eight further "Where the..."  books were written during the following nineteen years. Subject to demand, The Bartlett Society aims to republish these over the next few years.

Pam Keeling kindly agreed to The Bartlett Society re-publishing this book on the understanding that the original text and hand-drawn illustrations were retained. This has given us the opportunity to re-present the book with, for every chapter, the addition of notes and an appendix listing the species mentioned at each collection. Through the book there are over forty new illustrations plus a comprehensive index.

UK customers may purchase directly here online with PayPal, or by post from  61 Belmont Road, Portswood, Southampton, SO17 2GD with cheque made payable to 'The Bartlett Society' for £24.95 plus £2.95 p&p, or at the special discount price for current Bartlett Society members of £19.95 plus £2.95 p&p. 

For overseas orders please enquire first about additional p&p.