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Bloomsbury Institutions


Philological Society

Also known as PhilSoc


It was formally established in 1842 for the academic study of languages and their history

It continues to be devoted to the scholarly study of languages

What was reforming about it?

It led to renewed interest in the English language, and eventually the Oxford English Dictionary

Where in Bloomsbury

It originated in meetings held from 1830 at the University of London by those interested in the study of language

In 2008, the Society’s meetings were held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Thornhaugh Street

Website of current institution

www.philsoc.org.uk (opens in new window)

Books about it

There is a short account of its history online at www.philsoc.org.uk/history.asp (opens in new window)


None found

Its library is now part of UCL library; details are available online via the UCL library website (opens in new window)

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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