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The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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

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 third 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 (right) and the Collection of Historical Scientific […]

Philosophical and Historical Dimensions of Biological Individuality

Places still available: Philosophical and Historical Dimensions of Biological Individuality, Winter School, University of Sydney

A number of places are still available for a winter school unit on the history and philosophy of biological individuality, to be held at the University of Sydney, 18-21 July 2016. We invite applications from graduate students and early-career researchers in the history, philosophy, and social […]

CFP Extended: Science and Islands in the Indo-Pacific World


15 – 16 September 2016, Cambridge

Organisers: Dorit Brixius, Sebestian Kroupa, Stephanie Mawson

Keynote speaker: Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)

Within World History, the Indo-Pacific has played an important role in the production and development of scientific and cultural knowledge. Focusing on islands in the Indo-Pacific in particular, this two-day conference will explore their spatial and temporal role within the […]

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 […]

Upcoming Lecture: Henry Wellcome, Pharmacist

Are you in London on 23 May? The British Society for the History of Pharmacy and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are having their next joint lecture that evening, so if you’re around, check it out!

The details are as follows:

Date: Monday 23 May 2016, 5:30pm

Venue: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 66 East Smithfield, London E1W 1AW  (Nearest tube: Tower Hill)

Event: British Society for the History […]

Registration Open: The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century

Registration is now open for this FREE interdisciplinary conference.

‘The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century’ Conference

18 June 2016, Newcastle University

‘Sciences we now retrospectively regard as heterodox or marginal cannot be considered unambiguously to have held that status at a time when no clear orthodoxy existed that could confer that status upon them’ (Alison Winter, 1997). The nineteenth century […]

CFP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables

Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums

University of Reading, 23 September 2016

With the ‘material turn’ in the humanities, historians of science are paying greater and greater attention to collections of all kinds, and to their complex structures and histories. University museum collections in the UK and across Europe form a singular meeting point […]

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee “Evidence Check”

BSHS members may be interested in the following opportunity to engage with policy scrutiny.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an ‘evidence check’ exercise on three topics – GM and Gene Editing, Driverless Cars, and Smart Cities. In each case, a short Government statement has been sought and published on the Committee’s website for public scrutiny, and  […]

Forthcoming Lectures at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

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!

Monday 23 May, 19:00

Buckets, Bollards and Bombs

Join Mats Fridlund (Aalto University, Finland) at the Museum as he examines the power of terrorizing things and the containment of […]

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.