About the Society
Founded in 1947, the British Society for the History of Science (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
- Publications including the prestigious peer-reviewed quarterly British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS); our Newsletter, bringing the latest information on happenings in the field three times a year; and BSHS Monographs.
- Conferences: 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.
- Prizes: the BSHS makes three awards biennially, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.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: as the primary British professional organisation for historians of science, technology and medicine, the BSHS aims to provide an up-to-date record of the status of the field via its online News and Events Listings, BSHS List of Theses in progress or recently completed, and Guide to Institutions.
- Outreach and Education: 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.
To foster the understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine in all their branches in the academic and the wider communities, and to provide a national focus for the discipline.
The British Society for the History of Science aims:
- To be the generalist society of primary affiliation for all academics working in HSTM in these islands.
- To foster HSTM internationally
- To maintain BJHS as a leading learned journal in the discipline.
- To arrange a number of learned meetings in the discipline.
- To promote the discipline in higher education.
- To lobby the relevant agencies in support of the discipline, its resources and artefacts
- To promote awareness of HSTM in other areas of higher education (e.g. science faculties, general history departments)
- To promote awareness of, and encourage the teaching of, HSTM at all levels and in all areas of education.
- To foster understanding of the role of STM in the development of modern society.
- To increase the number of activities aimed at a variety of non-academic audiences.
- To encourage the exchange of ideas relating to HSTM between academic practitioners, teachers, scientists, government agencies and other relevant bodies.
- To raise the profile and increase the membership of BSHS on these islands and overseas.