The Lewis Carroll Society

The Lewis Carroll Society was founded in 1969 to bring together people with an interest in Charles Dodgson, to promote interest in his life and works, and to encourage research.

The Society has an international membership of scholars, writers, collectors and enthusiasts who simply enjoy reading the books. We are particularly popular with students and people who have heard a little about Lewis Carroll and want to find out more.

The society is a registered charity, nominally based in London, but with members all around the world, and is run entirely by volunteers. As a charity, we are committed to promoting the educational benefits associated with the study of Lewis Carroll's life and works, but without losing sight of the fact that the works are there to be read and enjoyed.

Regular Free Publications

All members recieve the following publications. For further information visit our JOURNALS page, or CLICK HERE to see a list what we sent out to our members in recent years.

The Carrollian

The Society's scholarly journal, which features articles about all aspects of Dodgson's life and works. The journal has become well-established over the years and is now the leading journal on its subject. Ranges from 48 to 64 pages.

Lewis Carroll Review

In depth reviews of all the major publications relevant to Charles Dodgson and his world, written by reviewers with a specialist knowledge. Between 16 and 28 pages.

Bandersnatch

A lively quarterly newsletter containing details of the Society's activities, and announcements about future events, merchandise, press coverage, etc. Between 28 and 36 pages.

Other Publications

From time to time, the Society produces other publications which it distributes free to members.

Other Benefits of Membership

Regular Meetings

The Society holds several meetings each year in London. These usually feature a guest speaker but sometimes take the form of panel discussions, or collections of short papers.

In addition we organise regular day visits to place with a Carroll connection, such as Oxford or Guildford and occasional residential study tours.

Publications for Sale

The Society has published a variety of books on different aspects of Dodgson's life and works. These are offered to members, sometimes exclusively or at a discount. Various other bought-in publications are offered from time to time.

The Society's publication of the unabridged and annotated editions of Lewis Carroll's Diaries is one of our leading projects.

Access to Research Material and Information

The Society acts as a pool of knowledge and resources. So by joining the Society, members gain access to a vast amount of information and expertise, which might be difficult to obtain otherwise. 

Printed Notification of New Events, Publications, etc.

Although the Society does not make its mailing list available to other organisations, we will distribute advertising material if we feel that it is likely to be of benefit to members. In the past material has included invitations to exhibitions, auctions and other events, programmes and advertisements for festivals, theatre productions, etc.

Other Good Reasons For Joining

Over the years, the Society has been involved in a range of other activities. These include a series of major exhibitions, hosting international conferences, establishing the memorial stone in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, repairing the graves of Lewis Carroll and other family members and a number of other projects. Many members feel that these are important activities and remain members of the Society in order to play their part - either by direct involvement or just by being members.

Annual Subscription Rates

Individual Members - Standard Rate

The normal rate at which members join the Society

Individual Members - Reduced Rate

An optional rate for retired members

Institutions, Companies and other organisations

Additional 'Family' Members

Anyone living at the same address as a paid member may also be registered as a member by paying this nominal additional amount. Extra copies of the journals will not be sent, but the additional members are otherwise regarded as full members of the Society.

Sponsoring Members

An optional rate for members who like to show their support for the Society by paying an extra amount each year. There are no specific benefits to the member, although anyone else at the same address may also be registered as a member. We have a number of member who pay at this rate and their additional contribution allows the Society to embark on more projects than it would otherwise be able to.

How to Join

Paying by Credit or Debit Card or PayPal

The easiest way to join is to do it through our online store: Click Here

Please note, that we do not accept credit/debit card details over the phone, by email or by post: we do not regard these methods as sufficiently secure.

Paying by Bank Transfer

We can accept payments made directly into our bank acccount - either from UK banks or from overseas banks, but members must make sure they cover all charges associated with the transfer. Please contact us first, if you wish to join by this method.

Institutions may request an invoice prior to joining.

Paying with UK Bank Cheque

Send a cheque in UK pounds, drawn on a UK bank, made payable to The Lewis Carroll Society to:

The Lewis Carroll Society, Flat 11, Eastfields, 24-30 Victoria Road North, Southsea, PO5 1PU

Paying with USA Bank Cheque

We have an arrangement with the banking system in the USA that allows us to accept regular USA dollars checks. Please convert the amounts given above into US dollars. Your check, made payable to The Lewis Carroll Society, should be sent to:

The Lewis Carroll Society, Flat 11, Eastfields, 24-30 Victoria Road North, Southsea, PO5 1PU

Other Countries and Currencies

We are unable to accept payment in other currencies or to accept cheques drawn on banks in other countries.

Cash

We do not recommend sending cash via the postal system, however we will accept cash at meetings.