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The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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

BJHS Preview: Issue 3, 2015

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:

Waddling into Autumn 2015, the third issue of BJHS for 2015 opens with Natalie Lawrence’s account of how early-modern naturalists fitted the dodo into contemporary systems of taxonomy. Dodos are somehow inherently intriguing, but this paper makes a more general contribution to the history of science by showing how the emblematic and the natural-historical were blended even in early-modern […]

Farewell to Magnox

28 October, Wylfa, Holyhead, Anglesey

This year marks the end of an era — production of electricity by Magnox nuclear reactors will cease in the UK when Wylfa Reactor 1, the last of the UK’s Magnox reactors, is shut down in December 2015.

A half-day seminar is to be held on 28 October 2015, to mark the closure of  the […]

Lecture: Joseph Banks: a Lincolnshire botanist

Monday 12th October 2015, 5:30pm

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 66 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW  (Nearest tube: Tower Hill)

British Society for the History of Pharmacy lecture

“Joseph Banks: Lincolnshire botanist”
Andrew Sankey, garden designer and lecturer, will be talking about the life and times of Joseph Banks. Banks was an extraordinary man who sailed around the world with Cook, started Kew Botanic Gardens, had […]

Deadline extended: CfP Ada Lovelace Postgraduate Workshop

Texts and contexts: the cultural legacies of Ada Lovelace

“That brain of mine is more than merely mortal; as time will show.”

A workshop for graduate students and early career researchers

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Mathematics Institute and St Anne’s College, Oxford

The mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of poet Lord Byron, is celebrated as […]


April 25-30, 2016

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Tucson, Arizona

Pondered since ancient times, the nature of consciousness remains deeply mysterious and profoundly important, its implications ranging across science, philosophy, art, spirituality, medicine, contentment, the meaning of existence and perhaps even human survival. We know what it is like to be conscious – to have awareness, a conscious ‘mind’, thoughts and feelings, but who, […]

CFP – Eighth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, 22-25 June 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The eighth joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Previous successful meetings were in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), Halifax, Nova Scotia (2004), St Louis (2000), Edinburgh (1996), Toronto (1992), and Manchester (1988).

The theme […]


Birkbeck, University of London, 15-16 July 2016
Convenors: Katherine Harvey, John Henderson and Carmen Mangion
In the contemporary Western world, religion and medicine are increasingly separated, but through much of history they have been closely interrelated. This relationship has been characterised by some conflict, but also by a great deal of cooperation. Religious perspectives have informed both the understanding of and approaches […]

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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.