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The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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


Or Renew Membership

We are grateful for your continuing support!


Latest News

Ayrton Prize

The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to announce the launch of 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 […]

2014 Singer Prize

The Singer Prize is awarded by the British Society for the History of Science every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine. The Prize is intended for younger scholars or recent entrants into the profession.

Typically the standard of submissions is very high, and […]

#bshs15 in Storify

Message from BSHS Web:

“Following BSHS Annual Conference 2015 in Swansea, I have collated the tweets into a number of Storify entries for posterity. There are quite a lot of tweets, especially for the two full days of the conference. If you are looking for tweets from a specific session, I suggest you use the conference programme to navigate to the […]

BSHS Annual Report

The BSHS Annual Report is available now and has been sent to members.


Highlights from Viewpoint, June 2015

Editor Alice White writes:

“As many of us head off on conferences or holidays this June, this issue of Viewpoint roams far and wide on the topic of travel. A feature by Caitlín Doherty notes the challenges and opportunities of vertical travel in the 18th century.

“Marionne Cronin reflects on how polar travellers wrapped up warm with under-explored pieces of kit, and […]

Upcoming: BSHS Postgraduate Conference, January 2016, University of Cambridge

The BSHS is happy to announce that the next annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference will be hosted by the University of Cambridge in January 2016. The more relaxed sibling-conference to BSHS Annual Conference is a conference by postgraduates, for postgraduates, and presents a good opportunity for early-career scholars to present their work to like-minded peers.

See full list of titles

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.