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Society for the History of Natural History

Call for speakers: Charles Waterton meeting

31 July - 1 August 2015, Wakefield

“Traveller, taxidermist and pioneer conservationist”


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Photo: Charles Waterton. Coloured etching by R. Cruikshank, 1827, after E. Jones.

History of Zoos & Aquariums

From Royal Gifts to Biodiversity Conservation

Now available

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SHNH – Society for the History of Natural History

For everyone interested in natural history, collections and collecting

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Photo: © Horniman Museum

Archives of Natural History

A wide variety of illustrated articles on the history and bibliography of natural history

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A friendly international society for everyone

The Society for the History of Natural History is a friendly international society for everyone who is interested in natural history in the broadest sense. This includes botany, zoology and geology as well as natural history collections, exploration, art and bibliography. Everyone with an interest in these subjects – professional or amateur – is welcome to join. For a brief history of the society, click here.

SHNH is known for its friendliness and provides a focal point for the history of all aspects of natural history. It has a thriving international membership and regional representatives organise local meetings. An international meeting is held at regular intervals.

The Society’s main publication is Archives of Natural History, published twice a year and distributed free to members. All volumes published from 1936 are available online.  An informal Newsletter is also regularly published with details of forthcoming meetings, news and events, member’s news and new publications.


Sir David Attenborough OM CH FRS.