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Professor Tim Birkhead – awarded the SHNH Founders’ Medal

In receiving the award Tim said: For a number of different reasons, receiving the Founders’ Medal means a great deal to me. In the 1980s, a friend who knew of my ornithological interests asked me about some bird name she had come across in the local rector’s game book from the 1700s. They were: the […]

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SHNH announces its awards and welcomes new Council Members

SHNH Council thanks it retiring members of Council for their hard work on behalf of the Society:  Ms Jo Hatton, Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Dr Leucha Veneer and Professor Ray Williams and welcomes Mr Jack Ashby and Dr Clemency Fisher to Council following election at the Society’s AGM.

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Norwich Naturalists: SHNH 2016 Summer Event & AGM

Programme Friday 1st July Norwich Castle Museum opens at 10.00:   Registrations, tea/coffee on arrival 10.30 – 12.30 Morning session:    10.30 – 11.00  Hugh Torrens William Smith in Norwich/Norfolk 11.10 – 11.40  Caroline Grigson: Sir Thomas Browne’s observations on animals 11.50 – 12.20  Tom Kennett: James Edward Smith Norwich Naturalist & founder of the Linnean Society […]

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Norwich Naturalists: SHNH 2016 Summer Event & AGM

Please contact the SHNH Meetings Secretary if you would like more information or wish to contribute to the programme. This will be a day meeting, held in the Town Close Auditorium, from approximately 10.00 – 17.00 (with the AGM likely to take place immediately after lunch). It is hope to be able to offer a […]

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A message from SHNH President, Professor Arthur MacGregor

A message from SHNH President, Professor Arthur MacGregor Never heard of him!” Don’t worry – you haven’t been asleep while I toiled my way through the ranks of the professional naturalists: if I mention that most of my career was spent at the Ashmolean Museum and that my last such appointment was as director of […]

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Professor Jim Secord – awarded SHNH Founders’ Medal

In receiving the award Jim said: “It is a great honour to be awarded the Founders’ medal, as I have always aspired to the union of historical, bibliographical and scientific insight encouraged by the Society. The list of previous winners is remarkable. Several of them — particularly Joan Eyles, Martin Rudwick, and Gordon Herries Davies […]

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