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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.
Christ’s College, University of Cambridge Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April 2017 Organized by Valentina Pugliano (Cambridge) and Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers-Newark) Generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Christ's College, Cambridge This conference will offer, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of medicine and healing in the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, ca. 1400-1750. While a considerable body [...]
Prize lecture Professor Jon Agar, 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize winner 4 April 2017 18:30 - 19:30 Location The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG View map Venue information Overview Explore the curious place of curiosity in the history of science. In the early modern period, curiosity was doubled-edged: it was both a virtue, the spring for a [...]
In 2015 The British Society for the History of Science launched a new prize recognising outstanding web projects and digital engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM). The prize name was chosen by members of the BSHS from a shortlist to recognize the major contributions of Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) to numerous scientific fields, especially electrical engineering and mathematics, in the [...]
We have been busy planning BSHS #HiddenFiguresParty events across the UK, and are so excited to see the film with you, and then meet up to discuss it afterwards. Below are the dates, times, and locations of the viewings we have arranged, and if you would like to get involved in any of them, please get in touch! If you [...]
“Good Mothers” and “King Tyrants” in the Mesozoic: An Anthropology of Dinosaur Science and Spectacle Dr Brian Noble, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University Date: Weds 1 March, 2017 Time: 5.15 - 6.45pm followed by reception Place: Templeman lecture theatre, University of Kent (Library building) Drawing on his recent book, Articulating Dinosaurs: A Political Anthropology, Anthropologist of Science [...]
Mapping the past, exploiting the future: cartographies and understandings of the Arctic National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 21-22 July 2017 Royal Museums Greenwich will host an interdisciplinary conference which aims to interrogate the processes and products of mapping the Arctic, to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition, Death in the Ice: the shocking story of Franklin's final [...]
The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organization of the Summer School on “Science and Religion” from 5 to 10 June 2017 in collaboration with the Orthodox Academy of Crete. The one-week intensive Summer School will take place in Crete island in Greece and aims to provide participants with knowledge of the history of the relations between Christianity and Science as [...]
Göttingen Spirit Summer School: The material culture of exploration and academic travel, 1700-1900 Göttingen, July 24 - 29, 2017 Deadline: March 15, 2017 www.uni-goettingen.de/de/how-to-apply/555121.html) Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Historic Observatory, University of Göttingen, Germany, Convenors Dr. Marie Luisa Allemeyer (Zentrale Kustodie, University of Göttingen) Dr. Dominik Hünniger (Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen) Christian Vogel (Zentrale Kustodie, University of Göttingen) Experts/Speakers Professor James Delbourgo, Rutgers University Professor [...]
The BSHS Travel Guide can serve as a useful basis for assignments at any level – as the equivalent to an essay/report of somewhere between 500 and 1000 words. Articles should: List the physical location details of the site, and where appropriate link to a page with information about opening hours and admissions costs. Give a narrative tour of the site, supported [...]
New Academic Writing Prize – Submission date reminder: March 1, 2017. The March 1st deadline is fast approaching to submit for the new Science Museum Group Journal writing prize. Designed to encourage and reward research articles by talented early career scholars, the £500 prize will be awarded for the best original research article that addresses research questions in the history [...]
The British Society for the History of Pharmacy is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, we are holding a special conference in London on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April, open to all. The Saturday programme, hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, features talks on the Society of the Apothecaries (celebrating its 400th anniversary), the UCL [...]
Guest Editor James Stark writes Who owns medicine? This is the provocative and far-reaching question which has stimulated the latest issue of the BJHS on the theme “Owning Health”. There are many different kinds of ownership, but the papers are concerned principally with patenting, perhaps the most recognisable way of protecting and profiting from an invention. This might seem like [...]
Celebrating diversity: 175 years, 175 weeks, 175 faces Over the 175 weeks leading up to their 175th anniversary on the 23 February 2016, the Royal Society of Chemistry have been showcasing the wonderful diversity of their community in the form of 175 individual and inspirational stories. Each story features someone involved in the chemical sciences who represents diversity in the broadest sense; someone [...]
Gresham College is pleased to announce a series of eleven lectures on the History of Mathematics. These lectures are free and will take place at the Museum of London (EC2Y 5HN) or Barnard’s Inn Hall (EC1N 2HH). Lectures will be accessible to the general public, but they will focus on issues and problems which would be excellent for student enrichment, [...]
Science Museum Lates - STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Wednesday 22 February 2017 Doors Open 18.45–22.00 Over 18s only Admission free although some events may require a ticket A celebration for the fabulous new Winton Gallery of Mathematics created by Zaha Hadid - herself a mathematician - includes our very own Minerva Scientifica - Superwomen of Mathematics. Frances M Lynch from electric [...]
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.