Viewpoint Poster

Viewpoint is the colourful and entertaining magazine of the BSHS. Launched in its present form in 2006, it appears as an A4-format publication aimed at a broad readership, featuring articles, opinions, reviews and interviews addressing the history of science, technology and medicine, and drawing on the Society’s Outreach and Education activities. Viewpoint is published three times a year, in February, June and October.

In in issue 106:

  • I ♥ U Special!
  • Contributors including Fay Bound Alberti, Anne Hanley, Miquel Baradell Baruzzi; Ayesha Nathoo reflects on changes in approaches to fixing and preventing broken hearts
  • A BSHS Grant report on ‘Openness, Secrecy & Careers in Biological Warfare Research’ by Emily Richards
  • An interview with Chiara Ambrosio

In in issue 105:

  • Contributors including Rebecca Onion, Peter Bowler, new Viewpoint editor Alice White, and Hannah Elizabeth discuss the history of science for children
  • A full report and photographs from the 2014 Annual Conference and other meetings supported by the BSHS
  • A BSHS Grant report on ‘Resurrecting the RI’
  • An interview with Sally Shuttleworth

In issue 104:

  • We investigate the relationship between the natural and supernatural worlds
  • Christine Ferguson on shell shock and spiritualism in the Great War
  • Joydeep Sen on goddesses and civil engineering in India
  • Ross MacFarlane on exhibiting mermaids
  • Charlotte Bigg is our interviewee


All contributions and correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Alice White, School of History, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NX, UK, or to Electronic communication is preferred. The deadline for the February 2015 issue is 15th December 2014. Instructions for contributors can be found in pdf here.


Enquiries about circulation, including subscription requests, should be sent to the BSHS Executive Secretary (see contacts). Viewpoint is free to all BSHS members and is priced at £12.00 per year (three issues) for non-members based in the UK and £17 a year for overseas non members.


The Editor will always consider advertisements regarding new appointments but, as a general rule, other advertisements are not printed in this publication. However, for an appropriate charge, leaflets advertising suitable events, publications, etc, can be sent out with Viewpoint subject to size and postage restrictions. Full details are available from the BSHS Executive Secretary.

Back Issues


Between May and September 2010, a web-based survey was conducted in order to gather information from Viewpoint readers as to their current habits and preferences, and suggestions for contributions or future directions for Viewpoint. 136 people completed the survey and most answered within a few days of the original email announcement. For confidentiality reasons, all email addresses offered by potential contributors have been removed.

» Read a summary of the responses [pdf]

Featured articles from past issues