Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years.It founded the Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg (now a leading national institution) and the Natal Society Library, the largest privately-owned library system in the country (now run by the city’s Msunduzi Municipality).
The Society’s leading members also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the country’s largest agricultural society show, a philharmonic society and a dramatic arts society.
Today the Natal Society Foundation continues the original aims of the Society “the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research” by publishing a historical journal, Natalia, maintaining a specialist library, and providing funding to support scholarship, research and publications.
I have served as a Council member of the old Natal Society, and am a Trustee and Administrator of the Natal Society Foundation that succeeded it.
We maintain a website which features a history of the Natal Society and its activities, and from where all our publications, including Natalia, can be downloaded free of charge in the belief that the development of humankind is best served by open, free access to information.
Click on the link below to access the Natal Society Foundation website: