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.

Please see the events page for details of our upcoming meetings.

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.

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