Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles - Minutes of the First meeting of Council

by Ann Sylph on
July is the anniversary month of both the birth and death of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, founder of ZSL and our first President. We are featuring an item from ZSL's Archives, the minutes of the first meeting of ZSL's Council. This was the only Council meeting attended by Raffles as he died soon afterwards.
 
This first meeting of the newly formed Council was held on May 5th 1826 with Raffles in the Chair as President. The meeting consisted of plans to organise the Society such as electing Vice-Presidents and forming Committees including a Committee for the formation of a Library.
 
The minutes are signed by Raffles.

The other members of Council attending the meeting were:

Earl of Egremont
Earl of Darnley
Lord Auckland
Lord Stanley
Sir Everard Home
Edward Barnard
J. G. Children
Mr Greenough
General Hardwicke
Dr Horsfield
Mr Knight
Mr Sabine
Mr Vigors
Mr Charles Baring Wall

 

In a subsequent meeting on April 3 1827 Council agreed to admit `Lady Fellows' to the Society, an important decision as it was so unusual at that time for women to be able to join learned societies. ZSL encouraged women's interest in zoology from a very early time and continues to encourage the interest of women in zoology and other sciences.

The minutes of Council are an important continuous record of ZSL's activities since 1826, these are perhaps the most important of the records in ZSL.

ZSL's Archives form part of the `special collections' of ZSL Library, you are welcome to visit and consult/view them but an appointment is necessary Library Regulations for Special Collections (96 KB)Please email library@zsl.org or telephone 020 447 6293 to make an appointment.

Many resources are available in the Library and no appointment is necessary to use these, however if you are a ZSL member please bring your membership card. Non-members will need proof of address and photographic ID if you are not already a member of ZSL.

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ZSL's Archives as they detail the decision-making of the Council of Fellows that run ZSL.

 

 

 

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