“To foster understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine in all their branches in the academic and wider communities, and to provide a national focus for the discipline”

What the Society provides… and more.

including the prestigious peer-reviewed quarterly British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS); our Newsletter, bringing the latest information on happenings in the field three times a year; the new annual, open-access BJHS Themes; and BSHS Monographs.

The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.

Conferences: the Society’s broadly-themed Annual Conference helps participants from all periods and fields to meet and exchange ideas. The Postgraduate Conference is organised by and for graduate students, while other meetings include collaborative events with a variety of institutions and with our international sister societies.


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Latest News

Highlights from Viewpoint, June 2015

Editor Alice White writes:

“As many of us head off on conferences or holidays this June, this issue of Viewpoint roams far and wide on the topic of travel. A feature by Caitlín Doherty notes the challenges and opportunities of vertical travel in the 18th century.

“Marionne Cronin reflects on how polar travellers wrapped up warm with under-explored pieces of kit, and […]

Upcoming: BSHS Postgraduate Conference, January 2016, University of Cambridge

The BSHS is happy to announce that the next annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference will be hosted by the University of Cambridge in January 2016. The more relaxed sibling-conference to BSHS Annual Conference is a conference by postgraduates, for postgraduates, and presents a good opportunity for early-career scholars to present their work to like-minded peers.

Upcoming: Three Societies Conference, Edmonton, June 2016

Lesley Cormack, University of Alberta, writes:

“Every four years the 3-Societies Meeting brings together three organizations dedicated to the study of the history of science, technology, and medicine: the History of Science Society, the British Society for the History of Science, and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. 2016 will mark the Eighth Joint Meeting of the […]

Dingle Prize Winner 2015

The BSHS is delighted to announce that the 2015 Dingle Prize for the best book in history of science, technology and medicine accessible to a popular audience is awarded to Martin Rudwick for his book Earth’s Deep History: how it was discovered and why it matters (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014). The judging was chaired by Gowan Dawson and three other […]

BJHS Preview: Issue 2, 2015

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:

Issue 2 for 2015 has a bit of a Georgian theme to it, with no less than three papers based in the period of the savant-turned-madman king.  Two of these, moreover, focus on technics as moral tools within the era.  Florence Grant considers the manipulation of moral subjectivity in the young through a training in geometry and […]

Arrivals and Registration at Swansea for BSHS Annual Conference 2015 (#bshs15)

Visit Swansea University’s website for a map of the University Campus, or see the main conference page for an interactive map of the Swansea area, as well as updated versions of the conference programme and abstracts.


Early / Out of Hours Arrivals

Delegates arriving before Thursday 2 July, or after the opening registration period should collect their room keys from […]

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BSHS Monographs publishes work of lasting scholarly value that might not otherwise be made available, and it aids the dissemination of innovative projects advancing scholarship or education in the field.