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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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SHNH invites submissions to the Stearn Student Essay Prize 2015 for natural history

W. T. Stearn Essay Prize Winners 2014 Matthew Holmes, University of Leeds, PhD student. The perfect pest: natural history & the red squirrel in nineteenth-century Scotland. 2012 Andrea Kennedy, University of Cambridge MPhil student 2011-12. The beauty of Victorian beasts: illustration in Rev. J.G. Wood’s Homes without Hands. Published in Archives of natural history 40 […]

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Digitising Natural History & Medical Manuscripts 27 – 28 April

Organisers:         Isabelle Charmantier and Andrea Deneau, The Linnean Society of London and Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter Date:                     From 1pm Monday 27 April to 5pm Tuesday 28 April 2015 Place:                    The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF Cost:                      Registration: £30/£20 students (includes 3 refreshments, lunch and reception) Meeting […]

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Conference: Refloating the Ark, 17–18 June 2015

 One day: £25 Two days: £40 (includes refreshments and lunch) About this conference How can museums with natural history collections support high-quality public engagement with nature? How can their collections support scientific research and environmental monitoring? This two-day conference will explore these questions through presentations from leading museum workers, ecologists, citizen science managers, data managers […]

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