President Sally Horrocks writes:
As we look forward to the new year the BSHS can look back on a successful 2011. For many of you the Annual Conference in Exeter will have been the highlight, but plenty more has been happening elsewhere.
The major result of all this effort has been the launch of the Society’s new website, with many new features including a Twitter feed. The online Travel Guide has continued to expand, receiving over 7000 hits in July (a not-anomalous month, incidentally!). Do take a look at www.bshs.org.uk, and let us know what you like – and what else you would like. More non-British contributions to the Travel Guide are especially welcome.
I’m glad to say that despite our digital achievements, the book is still very much alive and cherished at the BSHS, with two major developments on paper. First, we were delighted to award the 2011 Dingle Prize to Patricia Fara for her book, Science: A Four Thousand Year History. And second, we are equally delighted to announce the publication of the latest BSHS monograph, Emily Steel’s He Is No Loss, which recounts the story of the Beagle’s original naturalist and surgeon, Robert McCormick, and includes the first ever published transcript of his diary from the voyage. Plans are afoot for a monograph a year from hereon. The BSHS is proud to be taking a lead in making history of science research public in a period of increasing risk-aversion amongst publishers.
Our regular publication Viewpoint is undergoing an official change of identity, from ‘newsletter’ to ‘magazine’, the better to reflect its engagement with a broad audience, and its diversity of features, interviews and opinion pieces, all of which have a greater reach and value than the time-delimited moniker ‘newsletter’ might suggest. Meanwhile, the British Journal for the History of Science is preparing for its fiftieth birthday in 2012.
The BSHS continues to be active in educational contexts, and we have been successful in our bid for legacy funds from the HEA Subject Centre for Philosophy and Religious Studies, recently wound down. This successful bid will allow the BSHS to provide funds to members for new initiatives in teaching and learning and will provide new opportunities for postgraduates to meet and receive advice on issues related to career development. We also aim to use the funds to promote the use of museum collections by students and lecturers. The new grants available to members will be advertised over the coming months; do get thinking about how you could use the money.
Finally, two conferences are in the offing: the BSHS postgraduate conference will be held at the University of Warwick on 4th-6th January 2012. Also in 2012, the BSHS annual conference will be replaced by the Three Societies Meeting, a three-way bash with the Canadian Society for the History of Science and the