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The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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


Members of the BSHS are eligible for benefits, advanced invitation to events & conferences, member networks, discounts on select publications, and electronic access to our journals.


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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 […]

Nominations invited for the 2016 Pickstone Prize

In keeping with the Society’s mission of promoting excellence in the field of history of science, broadly construed, the 2016 Pickstone Prize will be offered for the best scholarly book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2014 or 2015. The BSHS is delighted that the judging panel will be chaired by the Society’s […]

Financial support for BSHS-sponsored themed conferences (2016)

BSHS is pleased to offer one, two, or three grants of up to £2000 each to support the organization of one-day BSHS-sponsored themed conferences to take place in the spring and autumn of 2016. These conferences should explore themes of HSTM interest and ideally build in some element of professional development and / or public engagement. The BSHS particularly encourages […]

Message from BJHS Themes editor: cfp for issue 3 now open!

The competition for BJHS Themes issue 3 is open, with details available on the BJHS Themes CUP website.

We are looking for proposals of the highest quality for the next issue, with the successful proposal to be decided through competition. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 July 2016.

BJHS Themes aims to publish open access, high-quality, scholarly, engaging collections of history of science papers, […]

Cfp: 7th ESHS Conference

The 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 22–24 September, 2016. The Conference is organized by the Society for the History of Sciences and Technology of the Czech Republic.

The theme of the Conference is “Science and power, Science as power”:

“In recent decades, the themes […]

Ayrton Prize 2015

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Voting closes at 3pm on 20 November 2015. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Autumn 2015

BSHS President Professor Greg Radick writes:

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and thriving. “You,” it’s worth noting, are a highly international bunch: well over half of our current membership resides outside of Britain. Accordingly, the fostering of international exchange, collaboration and a global scholarly outlook is high up on the Society’s agenda. Over the next months we’ll be announcing […]

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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.