The Selden Society is the only learned society and publisher devoted entirely to English legal history.

This includes the history of the law, the development of legal ideas, the legal profession, the courts and legal institutions, individual judges and lawyers, legal literature and records; in short, researching the history of everything which is characteristic of our unique English common law and legal system.

Professor Margaret McGlynn’s 2023 annual lecture, ‘The King’s Female Felons and Criminal Justice Reform in Early Tudor England’‘, delivered on 4 July 2023 at the Annual General Meeting, and Lady Hale‘s  Selden Society-Inns of Court Annual Lecture for 2023, Matrimony, Patriarchy and the Welfare of Children: the 200 year struggle to give parents equal rights in the upbringing of their children, can both be viewed via the ‘Lectures’ tab. 


Becoming a member

You may use our online application form to apply for membership. We will then send you further information or put you in touch with our appropriate overseas secretary.

Alternatively you may print your form and send it by post to:

Secretary, Selden Society, School of Law, Queen Mary, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, England.

We look forward to welcoming you to membership.