The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

The British Society for the History of Science


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 issue 105:

  • Contributors discuss the history of science for children
  • A full report and photographs from the 2014 Annual Conference
  • Sally Shuttleworth is our interviewee
  • Plus – introducing the next Viewpoint editor!

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

In issue 103:

  • A museums special, as we launch the Great Exhibitions competition, including reviews of 4 recent displays on anything from pieces of coral to particle colliders
  • A report from our recent Postgraduate Conference, and from HSS 2013 in Boston
  • An interview with Aileen Fyfe ahead of the 2014 BSHS Conference in St Andrews

In issue 102:

  • Charlotte Nicklas on fashion, chemistry, and the uses of petroleum
  • Simon Werrett on the history of colour in pyrotechnics
  • Allison Ksiazkiewicz on the problem of describing colour
  • An interview with David Wright, winner of the 2013 Dingle Prize
  • SOUVENIR SPECIAL: The Congress in Cottonopolis


All contributions and correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Dr Melanie Keene, Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PH, UK, or to Electronic communication is preferred. The deadline for the October 2014 issue is 15 September 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

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