The International Association of Lyceum Clubs (IALC) is the formal association of national Federations of Lyceum Clubs worldwide. Currently, there are Lyceum Clubs in 17 countries around the world.
This history is based on material contained in the following book: Constance Smedley, Crusaders: The Reminiscences of Constance Smedley (Mrs Maxwell Armfield) (London: Duckworth, 1929).
In 1903, five women poets founded the “Lyceum Club” in London. Soon afterwards, this organization became the gathering symposium of successful women in their professions. Nowadays, the “Lyceum Club” exists in 17 different countries all over the world.
The mission of the organization is to unite women interested in art, science, social concerns and in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
The International Council is composed of delegates from all federations and only meets every 3 years during a congress at which a general assembly is also held.