• Celebrating 175 years of Macmillan


      "I thought it worthwhile to plant a seed…

    If a large tree grows from this small seed we shall be grateful"

    Daniel Macmillan, 1843


    When brothers Daniel and Alexander Macmillan founded their publishing company in 1843, they created a place that would recognise and value great contemporary writing. Coming from a poor Scottish family, they shared a love of reading and a belief in the power of books to communicate ideas and to change lives. They soon made their mark on the literary world, publishing a range of works by extraordinary authors: Lewis Carroll, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling to name but a few.

    As the company grew, so did the two brothers’ belief in the importance of learning. They launched the scientific research journal Nature, followed by the Palgrave imprint, promoting education and academic scholarship around the world. When former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan became Chairman in the middle of the twentieth century, he decided education should be a key investment area for the organisation. With his vision the company established itself as a world-leading educational publisher with an outstanding reputation and Macmillan Education was born.

    175 years later, we are building on the Macmillan brothers' commitment to learning and innovation and celebrating the progress that has been made in education globally thanks to their vision. The brothers' love of learning, reading and education is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century, and we are proud to be continuing their work as we lead the way in pioneering and forward-thinking solutions for educators, academics and students across the world.