This year marks the 175th anniversary of Macmillan. What began as a bookshop founded by two brothers, Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, spawned a global publishing house with business lines ranging from literature, poetry, research, and of course, learning solutions. With no formal education, Daniel and Alexander launched their bookshop at the tender ages of 30 and 25, respectively.
Alexander Macmillan was renowned for his support for authors and for bringing thought leaders together from the fields of science, philosophy, literature, politics and the arts. His salons in the London offices of Macmillan, dubbed ‘Tobacco Parliaments’, formed the hub of conversation about books, writing and reading, which led to the development of friendships and new ideas, including the foundation of Nature and the publishing of Millicent Fawcett, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Macmillan’s Magazine.
Through our work with students and instructors, we honor the same values that have sustained Macmillan for 175 years: quality, innovation, independence, and a passion for learning and communicating the joy of discovery. The imprints and enterprises that make up Macmillan Learning each have distinctive origin stories—stories of individuals with unique ideas for producing educational materials using the latest technology, created in full awareness of what works best for teaching and learning.
"If a large tree grows from this small seed we shall be grateful."
Daniel Macmillan, London, 1843
We'll be posting more about #Macmillan175 throughout the year. Check back for updates and watch this fun video about our history: Macmillan 175th Anniversary - YouTube.