British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

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  • 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.

    Mis­sion Statement

    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.

    Strate­gic Aims

    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.



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