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The BSHS is the main organisation in the British Isles working to bring together people with an interest in the histories of science, technology and medicine and their changing relationship with society.
“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”
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.
There will be a roundtable to celebrate the launch of Rohan Deb Roy's Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820-1909 (Cambridge, 2017) on 26th February 2018 at the Royal Asiatic Society (14 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HD). The event will start at 6 pm. Speakers include Professor Clare Anderson (Leicester), Dr. Nayanika Mathur (Oxford), Dr. [...]
We are pleased to announce that Patricia Fara, President of the British Society for the History of Science and Director of Studies at Clare College, Cambridge will appear as a guest on In Our Time on Thursday 22nd Februrary at 9am (repeated at 9.30pm) discussing the life and work of Rosalind Franklin.
We are pleased to announce the opportunity for a current postgraduate student working in the history of science, technology and medicine, or a closely-related field, to work with the Curator of Natural Science at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to research the Jamaican Natural Science collections. The Fellowship is worth £2,000 which will support up to one month’s work (20 [...]
Self-Fashioning Scientific Identities in the Long Nineteenth Century University of Leicester, 15th June 2018 Keynote: Dr Patricia Fara, University of Cambridge ‘You will I am sure on reflection, readily acknowledge that as a man of science I have no choice but to pursue “truth” to the best of my ability in spite of consequences[.]’ St G. J. Mivart to Charles Darwin, [...]
The British Society for the History of Science Outreach and Education Committee offers grants of up to £200 to support education and outreach projects in the history of science. We have recently structured these to be awarded on a quarterly basis, and the first 2018 deadline is 15th February. These grants are intended to generate engagement with the history of [...]
DAY MEETING 10:30–17:00 Wednesday 21 March 2018 Just over 100 years ago, the Linnean Society admitted 15 ground-breaking Fellows - all women. To coincide with its 230th anniversary, the Society will be celebrating the first female Fellows and their contributions. This one-day event will look at these women in detail, while also exploring issues facing women today like imposter syndrome and the [...]
The submission deadline for this year’s Science Museum Group journal writing prize is 1st March 2018. The prize aims to encourage writing and publication by early career scholars, and winners will receive £500 and the chance to publish in the SMG Journal. Winning entries will be judged according to best original research article that addresses research questions in the history [...]
This year’s Antiquarian Horological Society annual meeting takes place on 12–13 May 2018 at Keele University in Staffordshire. The year 2018 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Edward Massey, a significant and important inventor of a range of horological and nautical devices. The annual meeting will celebrate the contribution of Massey and his family to the field of [...]
With deep regret we report the recent death of David Knight, former President of the British Society for the History of Science and editor of the journal. Eminent as a historian of chemistry, and specialising in Romanticism and the works of Humphry Davy, he was Professor of the History of Science at the University of Durham. The Service of Thanksgiving [...]
Nominations are invited for the British Society for the History of Science’s prestigious Pickstone Prize for 2018. The Prize aims to recognize pioneering works that advance the scholarly understanding and interpretation of the scientific past. In focusing on academic books, it complements the Society’s Dingle Prize, which rewards engagement with broader audiences. Established in 2014 with the help of the [...]
Frankenstein and its Legacy Tuesday 23 January, 7.00pm – 8.30pm Frankenstein is still relevant today as it was 200 years ago, and Shelley's creature lives on, as an embodiment of society's anxieties about where science is taking us. Join Philip Ball, Miranda Seymour, Frank James and Angela Wright as they discuss the context in which the book was written and [...]
The British Society for the History of Pharmacy's events programme covers a wide range of pharmacy history topics. Details of its upcoming lecture are below. LECTURE: BYZANTINE PHARMACOLOGY BETWEEN EAST AND WEST Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX Monday 5 February 2018, 17:30 Cost: free Lecture by Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in [...]
The BSHS is delighted to announce that applications for the Undergraduate Dissertation Archive Grants are now open. Are you an undergraduate student writing a dissertation on a topic in the history of science, technology and medicine? Do you need to visit an archive as part of your research? If so, then why not apply for one of our OEC archive grants? These awards, of up to £250, [...]
Call for papers As part of a series of Europe-wide conferences on the history of science during the First World War, this one-day conference will be held at the Royal Society on Thursday 13 September 2018. We invite papers from historians of the early 20th century. We wish to focus on science and society in the later stages of WW1 [...]
Issue 8 of the Science Museum Group Journal is now available to read online here. The Science Museum Group Journal (ISSN: 2054-5770) is an open-access online publication presenting the global research community with peer-reviewed papers that are relevant to SMG’s collections and practice and to the wider international science museum community. Issue 8 includes papers authored by senior curators and museum directors [...]
The European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Biennial Conference and British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Annual Meeting is on the theme ‘Unity and Disunity’. It will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education (14-17 September 2018). Call for Individual Papers The organising committee of ESHS 2018 invite proposals for individual papers to be [...]
Deadline for applications: 23 February 2018 Fellowship to be completed by: End September 2018 Fee payable to Fellow: £2000 George Marshall Medical Museum (GMMM), Worcester, is delighted to be hosting a British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Engagement Fellowship during 2018. Supported by the BSHS, this post will enable a current postgraduate student to carry out research in [...]
BJHS rounds off its golden volume with a typically diverse set of articles, stretching over 400 years in time, and bridging in space England, Italy, France, Scotland and the Netherlands. Anna Marie Roos takes us on tour in early eighteenth-century Italy with Martin Folkes, a freemason, numismatist and Newtonian protégé, to discover how he saw the world through Newton’s eyes [...]
Deadline for applications: Monday 15 January 2018 Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed via Skype on Wednesday 24 January 2018 Fellowship to be completed by: end June 2018 Fee payable to Fellow: £2000 The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, is delighted to be hosting a BSHS Engagement Fellowship in the first half of 2018. Climate [...]
The Outreach and Education Committee (OEC) of the BSHS would like to extend a particular invitation for symposia at the European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference 2018. The conference – which is being organised in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science – will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education [...]
November - December 2017 EXHIBITION Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria Special Exhibitions Gallery Until 18 March 2018 Explore the microbial world, antibiotics and technology through art. The internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology. NEW DISPLAYS Science and Sacrifice Basement Gallery Drawing on our recent Dear Harry [...]
Constructing Scientific Communities is taking over the Natural History Museum for one night! Friday 27 October 2017 18:00-22:00 Natural History Museum, London Science is a cornerstone of modern society but sharing the work of scientists can often be a challenge. At Pop Science, we explore some of the different ways that science can be and has been shared with the [...]
We are delighted to announce that the Call for Symposia for the next European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Biennial Conference is now live and can be found here. The conference - which is being organised in conjunction with the British Society for the History of Science - will be held at University College London’s Institute of Education [...]
The British Society for the History of Science is looking for a new Archivist. As historians, we all know that archives are crucial, and so we have to look after our own records properly and preserve our heritage. The BSHS Honorary Archivist, Jamie Stark, has recently become the Books Reviews Editor for BJHS, and he is looking for the right person [...]
The British Society for the History of Science is looking for a new Editor for Viewpoint. This is the Society's full-colour, non-technical magazine which was originally founded to encourage non-members to become interested in our activities. The current editor, Alice White, is stepping down and will be handing over the position. We would like to take this opportunity to thank [...]
You are invited to attend a symposium celebrating 70 years of applied social sciences work at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. The TIHR conducted organisational research with a wide variety of institutions, including Unilever, the National Coal Board, British European Airways and the Ministry of Technology. The symposium takes place at the Conway Hall in central London on Thursday [...]
Registration is now open for the 2018 British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, which will take place at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, on 4th – 6th April 2018. Further information can be found on the conference webpage. Conference Organising Committee: Andrea del Campo Peirano; Rachel Douglas; Kate [...]
Opportunity (Research Associate, 20 hours): The 400th birthday of Elias Ashmole. History and Science in 17th-century Lambeth (London) In the quartercentenary of the birth of Elias Ashmole, Ashmole Primary School, a community school in Lambeth, London, is creating a programme of activities related to its namesake to introduce the pupils of the school to Ashmole and his world. We [...]
Guest editors Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Patrick Ellis and Caitjan Gainty write: Reproduction is one of the most persistently generative themes in the history of science and cinema. Today we have grown accustomed not only to the once controversial portrayals of sperm, eggs and embryos in biomedicine, but also to the clones and monstrous creations of dystopian science fiction. But how has [...]
The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to announce the second iteration of a scheme to support small and local museums, archives, galleries and libraries whose collections connect to themes in the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. This scheme will fund the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent [...]
The British Society for the History of Mathematics is pleased to announce the biennial Neumann Prize for 2017. The prize is awarded for a book in English (including books in translation) dealing with the history of mathematics and aimed at a non-specialist readership, and published in 2015 or later. There is no further restriction on the subject matter, nor on [...]
July – September 2017 EXHIBITIONS Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria Special Exhibitions Gallery OPENING 28 September Explore your relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology. The internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology. Anna’s work Ex Voto previously featured in the Museum’s exhibition Back from the Dead. NEW [...]
By Kersten Hall, University of Leeds When Florence Bell addressed a group of delegates about research into textile fibres at the Institute of Physics conference held in Leeds in 1939, she probably wasn’t expecting to shatter any fundamental physical laws of the universe. Yet to read the press reports that followed her presentation you could be forgiven for thinking she [...]
Antony Harwood Literary Agents are actively seeking authors with an interest in public engagement to develop ideas for books and broadcast media projects dedicated to the history of science. Our interest extends across all periods and disciplines, and topics may include biography, the history of ideas, and the social history of science, in particular the role of patronage in supporting [...]
The British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS) is celebrating 50 volumes just as the BSHS celebrates its 70th anniversary. In celebration of this great achievement, Editor Dr. Charlotte Sleigh has commissioned a virtual special issue for which each surviving former editor nominated one favourite paper from their period of tenure. As you can imagine, this takes us way back [...]
Announcement and Call for Papers: “Technologies of Frankenstein” Sponsor and Host: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA Meeting Dates: 7 – 9 March 2018 CFP Deadline: 15 October 2017 Website: http://frankenstein2018.org/ Summary: The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were [...]
The BSHS celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year, and in honour of this, Cambridge University Press has made Anna-K Mayer's fantastic BJHS piece, "‘I have been very fortunate…’. Brief report on the BSHS Oral History Project: ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’" freely available from now until the end of 2017. This article was originally published in the BJHS in [...]
Otterden Place, Faversham, Kent By Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent, with thanks to David Clark. This simple picture below, well known to historians of science, shows one of the earliest experiments in the conductance of ‘Electrick Vertue’, performed in 1729. ‘A’ is oiled, wet thread, supported on silk strands that run between poles C and D. The Vertue is communicated [...]
Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics 2017 Theme: “Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy” Invited speakers: Liesbeth de Mol (Lille) & Ralf Krömer (Wuppertal) Date: November 2-4, 2017 Location: Brussels, Belgium Submission deadline: August 15, 2017 Contact: [email protected] Web page: https://novembertagung.wixsite.com/conference We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the [...]
Wonder and Science: The Alps and the Culture of Curiosity Researchers at the Université de Lausanne have just launched a new website available in English, German, and French to feature virtual wonder rooms, with portals that can take you through a number of artifacts and archival holdings to add to our understanding of the History of Wonder and Science in the [...]
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