What are the roles and motives of key individual Quakers and their friends in the social networks that both supported and actively delivered the learned societies in London, beginning with the Quaker Committee of Enquiry in 1831, and which resulted in the establishment of the Ethnological Society of London in 1843?
Quakers (and their close friends), especially Thomas Fowell Buxton, the Gurney and Sturge families, James Cowell Pritchard, Thomas Hodgkin and Richard King were deeply committed philanthropic activists whose varied social networks nurtured institution building in the organisations that contributed to early anthropology.
TopicsQuaker, Small Social Networks, Anthropology, Aborigines, 19c British History.
About Kelvin Beer-Jones
The project will collect the names and describe the relationships between the many Quakers involved in the:
- The Quaker Committee on the Aborigines (1831 – 1846)
- The Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes (1834 – 1837)
- The Aborigines Protection Society (1837 – 1848 (1909))
- The Ethnological Society of London (1843 – 1848 (1871))