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Events at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

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 [...]

Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

The current special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford, is Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria (29 September 2017 - 18 March 2018). It is a contemporary art exhibition by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu which explores our relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology. For more details see: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/exhibits/ Image: Microbe Mouth © Anna Dumitriu

Pop Science! Lates Event at the Natural History Museum

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 [...]

ESHS 2018: Call for Symposia

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 [...]

CFA: BSHS Archivist

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 [...]

Symposium: In the Shadow and Light of the Tavistock Institute’s Archive

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 [...]

BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2018

The 2018 British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference 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 Hiepko; Nicola Sugden Contact [email protected] Call [...]

Research Associate Opportunity (20 hours)

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 [...]

BSHS Engagement Fellowship

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 [...]

Call for nominations for the 2017 BSHM Neumann Prize

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 [...]

Events at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

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 [...]

Florence Bell: The Other ‘Dark Lady of DNA’?

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 [...]

Literary Agents Seek History of Science Authors

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 [...]

Celebrating 50 Volumes of the BJHS!

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 [...]

CFP: Technologies of Frankenstein

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 [...]

Revisiting Anna-K Mayer’s ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’

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

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

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 [...]

Wonderalp: A Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities

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 [...]

BSHS Annual Conference 2017: Review in Investigación y Ciencia

We are pleased to announce that Investigación y Ciencia (the Spanish edition of Scientific American) have published a review of the BSHS Annual Conference 2017, written by Xavier Roqué. The article is open access and available to read via the link below: X. Roqué. "Pasado en construcción". Investigación y Ciencia, n. 493 (October 2017), 52–53. Photo by Alice White.  

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