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The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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

The Big Draw 2016: From STEM to STEAM

National arts education charity, The Big Draw, this week announced the 2016 theme for the world’s biggest drawing festival, which takes place annually from 1-31 October, and has a reach that spans national institutions and individual initiatives on every continent.

The theme, ‘The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016’, responds to the current debate on the essential role of Arts within […]

History of Mathematics Lectures at Gresham College

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 […]

Annals of Science Student Essay Prize

Submissions are being accepted for the Annals of Science best paper prize 2016. This prize is awarded annually to the author of an original, unpublished essay in the history of science or technology, which is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The prize, which is supported by Taylor & Francis, is intended for those who are currently doctoral students, or have been awarded their doctorate within the past four years.

Essays should […]

Time Measurement Research Funding

**Deadline 2 September 2016**

The Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) has far wider interests than its name might suggest, and  is not bound by centuries or particular approaches. Its journal Antiquarian Horology is equally at home covering the Antikythera mechanism, late twentieth-century watch production or the cultural implication of different approaches towards time & its measurement.

The AHS has some […]

Call for Information: Brexit, EU Funding, and AssIST-UK

The BSHS is allied to AsSIST-UK, the Association for Studies in Innovation, Science and Technology, and they are in need of information regarding EU funding. They are currently compiling a written response to the current House of Commons inquiry on Brexit and its impact.

While the narrative is coming together, they are still in need of additional information.

If you have had EU […]

BJHS Preview: Issue 2, 2016

Featuring: the living dead! Killer flowers! Killer insects! Auntie Beeb!

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:

This quarter’s edition kicks off with our Society’s president on the topic of ‘experimenting with the scientific past’, specifically asking how biology might look, in the taught curriculum, if we were not so centred on the gene as a central pillar of biological thought.  En passant, he resurrects […]

Museum of the History of Science Upcoming Free Lecture Series

The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford has some great free upcoming lectures that will be of interest to us all, so if you can make it, don’t miss out!


Shakespeare’s World View: Stars, Globes and Magic

1 August – 31 December 2016

Join us on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death to explore Shakespeare’s knowledge of the natural […]

IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

Submission deadline: 30 November 2016

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the first IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline.

Entries in the […]

Great Exhibitions Competition 2016

The British Society for the History of Science Prize for Exhibits on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 2016

The BSHS Outreach and Education Committee is pleased to announce its fourth Great Exhibitions competition, kindly funded by the B.Gee bequest. The winners in the 2014 competition were the National Maritime Museum for Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude (above) and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments […]

Anne Hardy Wins the John Pickstone Prize

For only the second time, the British Society for the History of Science is awarding its John Pickstone Prize to the best scholarly work in the history of science. From a stellar short-list of five, the panel singled out this year’s prize-winning book by Anne Hardy, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Anne Hardy. Salmonella Infections, […]

The 2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST) invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017. Initiated at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in 2005 held in Beijing, the DHST Prize is awarded by the IUHPST/DHST every four […]

BJHS Preview: Issue 1, 2016

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:

We begin 2016 with a joint Singer-award winner of 2014, Jenny Bulstrode.  ‘The industrial archaeology of deep time’, reveals how a Victorian paper-manufacturer helped to make sense of difficult-to-interpret prehistoric artefacts. To make a major contribution to the acceptance of the antiquity of man, he drew on his experiences of industrial culture; en route he had to […]

New Lecture Series: History & Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects

What is the history and philosophy of science? What can it tell us about the way we see ourselves and the world around us? How can objects help us to understand what science is, and has been in the past?

From January 2016, we will answer these questions and more as we examine the history and philosophy of science in a […]

The Return of the One-Day BSHS Meetings

Following a recent call for funding, it is a pleasure to announce that the BSHS will be sponsoring three themed one-day meetings in 2016, in lieu of a Britain-based annual conference. We advertised for meetings which explored themes of general HSTM interest and built in elements of professional development and / or public engagement; and the submitted proposals did not […]

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, […]

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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.