The Linnean Society Of London

The Linnean Society Of London

Charity information

The Linnean Society Of London

The cultivation of the Science of Natural History in all its branches

This broad single statement and guiding principle was first identified in the Society's first Royal Charter more than 200 years ago and is equally important today as it was then

Founded 1788

  • Mission statement

    The Linnean Society of London is among the oldest of London's Learned Societies and is the world's oldest active organisation devoted exclusively to natural history in the broadest sense. Fellowship is open to all interested in the science of natural history.





    Founded in 1788, the Society is named after the great Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.





    The Society’s founder and first president was Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828). He was amongst those instrumental in its practical establishment as a meeting place for the cultivation of the science of natural history. A scientist and collector, Smith acquired the plant and animal specimens originally collected by Linnaeus and augmented them with many specimens of his own.

  • Aims

    The Linnean Society Of London aims to:

    • The cultivation of the Science of Natural History in all it's branches
  • Overview

    Established: March 1788

    Registered Charity Number: 220509

    Board members: 25

    Full time staff: 13

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 020 7434 4479

    Address: Burlington House Piccadilly London W1J 0BF

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