About the Society
Founded in 1947, the BSHS is Britain’s largest learned society devoted to the history of science, technology and medicine. Current members include lecturers, writers, students, teachers, museum curators and private individuals. Our aim is to bring together people with interests in all aspects of the field, and to publicise relevant ideas within the wider research and teaching communities and the media.
What the society provides..
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.
The BSHS makes three awards biennially, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.
Information on the profession
Our Outreach and Education Committee exists to promote understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine in a wide range of educational contexts, including schools and colleges, museums, libraries and the media.
The Society’s Mission Statement gives more detail on our aims.
For information on the BSHS, see the Memorandum and Articles of the Association.
How do I join the Society?
Full membership details, and an application form, are provided in the section BSHS Membership on this site.
The Society is registered as a charity and as a private company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Council elected by the membership; Council also appoints subcommittees and an Executive Secretary to deal with specific areas of the BSHS’s activities. For more details of whom to contact if you have any queries, see the Contacts page.