About the Uganda Society

The Uganda Society was founded in 1923 as the Uganda Literary and Scientific Society and gained it’s current name in 1933. During the first five years of it’s existence, the society presented over forty lectures of scientific, historical, economic or religious interest. In Jun 1933, the Uganda Society was moved from Entebbe to Kampala and the Uganda Journal was established to help attract wider support for the society. the society published various special studies such as Sir Albert Cook’s “Uganda Memories (1897 – 1940.” E. J. Wayland gave the first lecture of the revives society at the Kampala Club in September of that year, and the first number of the journal appeared shortly thereafter. During this period, membership in the society rose to over 250 and editions of 400 journals sold out. The society moved to the Sikh Barracks, and subsequently to the National Cultural Center in Kampala in 1960. After a ford foundation grant provided for extending the Uganda Museum building in 1963, the society settled in the Education wing of the museum. Since then the Uganda Museum and the Uganda Society have shared a home.

For half a century from 1933 to 1983, the Uganda Society played a prominent role as an innovative multi-disciplinary organization. It fostered and facilitated scientific, literary, social, economic and cultural pursuits of various sorts. The society organized and sponsored public lectures, debates, and academic discussions. The Uganda Society publication, the Uganda Journal, earned an excellent reputation throughout the world. Within Africa, it inspired publication of other such academic journal in other countries. The society’s library, founded in the 1930’s, offered readers and researchers a collection of volumes, maps, periodicals and photographs many of which were otherwise unavailable elsewhere in Uganda.

 

Objectives of the Uganda Society

 

The broader objectives of the Society are to promote literary, cultural and scientific knowledge by conducting public lectures, conferences and seminars for all people interested in preserving cultural diversity, natural heritage and the advancement of science for developing and serving society.