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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.
The UK Medical Heritage Library project has produced electronic surrogates of over 15 million pages of medical texts dating between 1780 and 1914 from 9 partner libraries. The team have also produced a discovery layer that allows various forms of visualisations of searches within the library from simple date lines, to word clouds to the extraction of images. https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/uk-medical-heritage-library-symposium-27-oct-2016 https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/uk-medical-heritage-library-live-lab-26-oct-2016 [...]
The BSHS is delighted to announce that we will be hosting the 8th International Conference for the European Society for the History of Science in London from September 15-17 2018. The theme for the conference will be Unity and Disunity, broadly and inclusively interpreted, and the main venue will be University College London. Further details to follow, including a Call for Papers!
Date: Monday 10 October 2016, 5:30pm Venue: UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX (Nearest tube: Russell Square) Event: British Society for the History of Pharmacy lecture Title: Antarctic Exploration Medicine Speaker: Dr Henry Guly, Retired Consultant in Emergency Medicine Overview: Dr Guly qualified in 1974 and has been a consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine since 1983. From [...]
Revolution in Time: Newtonian Physics and its Influence on John Harrison’s Pendulum Clocks Wednesday, 5 October 2016 Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museums, Greenwich Following the extraordinary trials of Burgess Clock B at the Royal Observatory, the History of Physics group of the Institute of Physics will convene a one-day conference at the National Maritime Museum on Wednesday, 5 October. Papers [...]
Saturday 19th November 2016 10.30 am - 5.00 pm St Cross College, University of Oxford The Moon, satellite to our Earth, fascinated and inspired the very earliest civilisations as the brightest object in the night sky. Many ancient peoples worshipped the Moon as a deity and used it in the earliest forms of calendar systems. In the seventeenth century Galileo's [...]
The BSHS fully supports the efforts of the European Society for the History of Science to "foster cooperation between, and integration of, scholarly communities across Europe and beyond." Please read their declaration (below) and show your support by following the link to their petition. Official Declaration of the ESHS Dear members of the European Society for the History of Science, friends [...]
Call for abstracts In summer 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Working Party (WP) on History of Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will be celebrated. The general aim of the conferences organised by the WP is to facilitate communication between historically interested chemists and historians of chemistry, and to gather the [...]
2016 Fred Sanger Lecture Monday 3rd October, 6.30pm-7.30pm Henry Wellcome auditorium, Wellcome Collection, London Genomic data: public, private or ‘common’? A historical perspective Steven Sturdy, Professor of the Sociology of Medical Knowledge, University of Edinburgh The growth of genomics has involved recurring disputes over whether genomic data should be treated as a public, private or common good. But what is [...]
The California Institute of Technology and the Francis Bacon Foundation are pleased to request nominations for the 2018 Francis Bacon Award in the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. The Francis Bacon Prize Offered biennially in the amount of $20,000, the Prize will be awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have [...]
UCL Spices and Medicine presents a half-day symposium, Food and Medical Traditions from the Plant World: Exploring Herbal Uses UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square, London Wednesday 12 October 2016 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM Free event; pre-registration required. Join us at University College London (UCL) for an afternoon of exploring the changing role of herbal traditions within our food and [...]
The BSHS is delighted to be launching 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 of a month’s work (timescales can be arranged between the [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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! Shakespeare400 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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.