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Jamaican Natural History collections at Bristol – First steps in a BSHS Engagement Fellowship

Over the last three years the BSHS has run Engagement Fellowships. These Fellowships are opportunities for postgraduate students to collaborate with museums, archives and other heritage organisations. The collaborations generate new engagement activities, exhibition content or resources that are based on emerging scholarship in History of Science. Over the next three weeks we will be [...]

By |2019-02-06T21:39:58+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog, Jobs, Fellowships & Studentships, News, Outreach and Education, Postgraduates, Recent OEC Activities|Comments Off on Jamaican Natural History collections at Bristol – First steps in a BSHS Engagement Fellowship

2018 Pickstone Prize – Winner Announced

    The 2018 BSHS Pickstone Prize has been awarded to Michael Wintroub for his book The Voyage of Thought: Navigating Knowledge across the Sixteenth-Century World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) Judge Charlotte Sleigh, editor of the British Journal for the History of Science, described The Voyage of Thought as: ‘Extraordinary. This book changed my [...]

By |2019-01-25T19:55:58+00:00September 17th, 2018|Blog, BSHS Announcements, News, Pickstone Prize, Prizes|Comments Off on 2018 Pickstone Prize – Winner Announced

BSHS Dingle Prize Lecture 2018

Adventures in the Anthropocene by Alexander von Humboldt, father of environmentalism Roger Highfield describes a recent encounter between Royal Society science book prize winners Andrea Wulf and Gaia Vince, held in the Science Museum to celebrate Wulf’s latest literary prize, awarded by the British Society for the History of Science. You can listen to Wulf's [...]

By |2019-01-25T20:01:02+00:00June 15th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on BSHS Dingle Prize Lecture 2018

Mendel’s Martyrs

By Kersten Hall, University of Leeds When the Czech biologist Vítĕslav Orel wanted to discuss his work, he knew better than to do so in his office or on the telephone. Instead, he would go out onto a busy street where it was far less likely that he would be overheard by the secret police [...]

By |2019-01-25T20:01:41+00:00December 20th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Mendel’s Martyrs

Travel Guide: Kirkdale Cave

By Gregory Radick, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds Kirkdale Cave was discovered by quarrymen in the summer of 1821.  What made the discovery noteworthy were the cracked fragments of bones packed into – and even sticking out of – the mud caking the cave’s floor, from animals similar to modern hyenas, [...]

By |2019-01-25T20:01:47+00:00December 5th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Travel Guide: Kirkdale Cave

From radioactive spa treatments to the taxonomy of snacks: BSHS Engagement Fellows 2016-2017

In 2016 the BSHS successfully launched an innovative scheme to promote the history of science and technology in the heritage sector: the BSHS Engagement Fellowships. The scheme was designed with two key goals. The first was to support archives and museums (a sector that is receiving dwindling state subsidy) to be able to tell new [...]

By |2019-01-25T19:25:54+00:00September 1st, 2017|Blog, Recent OEC Activities|Comments Off on From radioactive spa treatments to the taxonomy of snacks: BSHS Engagement Fellows 2016-2017

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 [...]

By |2018-10-12T16:21:42+00:00July 5th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Florence Bell: The Other ‘Dark Lady of DNA’?

It’s Time to Rethink International Conferences

By Jim Grozier At the end of July, historians of science and technology from all over the world will be converging on Rio for the 25th International Conference of the History of Science and Technology (ICHST). It will no doubt be an excellent meeting, even a landmark occasion in the field. But at what cost [...]

By |2017-11-10T09:53:13+00:00May 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on It’s Time to Rethink International Conferences

Is the Moon a Planet?

***This post originally appeared on The Conversation, 24 February 2017, and is re-posted here with the permission of the author*** Study suggests we reclassify the moon as a planet – reopening a centuries-old debate By Stephen Pumfrey, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Every now and then a scientific paper makes a real splash. We had one recently, to judge [...]

By |2017-11-10T09:53:15+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Is the Moon a Planet?

HSTM and REF: An Insider’s Perspective

By Professor Mark Jackson, University of Exeter The academic world is changing.  The introduction of fees, rising student numbers, constraints on research funding and the push for open access, amongst other factors, have already altered the landscape of higher education and transformed relationships between academics, students and society.  Since 1986, the rhythm and scope of [...]

By |2017-11-10T09:53:18+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on HSTM and REF: An Insider’s Perspective

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