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Are you a Selden Society member?

John Selden, Sir Peter Lely, c1600s, National Portrait Gallery (NPG 76)

Your law library’s commitment to preserving our rich legal heritage is manifested in many ways, including administering the Australian chapter of the Selden Society, the only learned society and publisher devoted to English legal history.

Founded in 1887 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of English law, the Selden Society has grown beyond the United Kingdom to have a truly global, cross-jurisdictional reach with chapters in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, as well as France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan!

Whether you have been supporting the Society for many years or wish to join, now is the time to renew your membership or join our Australian-based Selden Society community.

Membership fees remain unchanged:

  • Individual members: $90
  • Institutional members: $110

Visit Supreme Court Library Queensland’s webpage to renew or join the Selden Society.

Selden Society member benefits

Not only will you be connecting with a wonderful community of individuals who share an enthusiasm for legal history, but you will also receive the following benefits:

  • A selection of annual volumes and other occasional distributions from the Selden Society (United Kingdom) sent directly to your door (including dispatch costs).
  • Access to an annual members-only event such as the preview of an exhibition or a special lecture.
  • Discounts on the Selden Society UK Chapter Supplementary Series, volumes published by the Ames Foundation and new books by other publishers.
  • Early access to pre-order a free copy of the 2022 Queensland Legal Yearbook (to be published next year).

Your support also helps SCLQ deliver the popular, free Selden lecture series each year, which allows the Queensland community to share your passion for the English common law and legal history.

We look forward to seeing all new and existing members at our final public lecture planned for 3 November 2022 on Sir Frederick Jordan KCMG, the pre-eminent New South Wales jurist of the 20th Century.

Kirsten Murray is Supreme Court Library Queensland Programs Manager (Community Engagement and Education).

Looking for new (legal) listening material?

Listen to a range of entertaining and informative lectures on a myriad of topics that celebrate our legal history with our Selden Society podcast series. Available on iTunes and Spotify today.

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