Bloomsbury is an area of central London often associated with intellectual pursuits. It is home to several of London’s prominent cultural and educational institutions, including the British Museum and a number of the University of London’s colleges and buildings: University College London, Birkbeck College, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Senate House Library. The area was laid out on land belonging to the Russell family, who held the title of Duke of Bedford, and the area is known for its garden squares. The area has given its name to the Bloomsbury Group of artists, writers, and thinkers who lived in the area, including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey, and John Maynard Keynes.


Latitude: 51.519115726911
Longitude: -0.125736594200

Timeline of Events Associated with Bloomsbury

Date Event Manage
Aug 1888

Bloomsbury Socialist Society formed

cover of manifesto of the socialist leagueOn 20 May 1888, the parliamentary group of the Socialist League lost a vote on their proposal to contest elections. The group led by Edward Aveling, Eleanor Marx, A. K. Donald and others seceded from the Socialist League August 1888 to form the Bloomsbury Socialist Society. Image: Cover of the Manifesto of the Socialist League, 1885. Published prior to 1923, public domain. Digital image from the Tim Davenport collection, no copyright claimed.


Florence Boos, “The Socialist League, founded 30 December 1884″