Our History

Macmillan has been advancing learning for over 175 years. It all began when brothers Daniel and Alexander Macmillan founded their publishing company in 1843 that would recognise and value great contemporary writing. They made a mark on the literary world, publishing an extraordinary 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. Both continue to be at the forefront of ground-breaking research in their fields and are key parts of Macmillan even today.

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. At Macmillan Education, we continue to build on this rich heritage, using our many strengths and unique place in the publishing world to educate generations of communities through developing pioneering and forward-thinking educational materials for all.

Over the years, the structure of the group has shifted to expand in different sectors and markets and that means that today, there are a few different companies that share the Macmillan name.