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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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Announcement: Stearn Essay Prize Winner is Matthew Holmes

The William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize was instituted in honour of the late William T. Stearn, a scholar whose work contributed much to the field and to this Society. This annual award is given by the Society for the History of Natural History (SHNH) for the best original unpublished essay in the field of history of […]

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History of teaching natural history: Registration open

This two-day meeting will present the history of different teaching practices and methods for the earth and life sciences, primarily focussing on schools and universities. It will have two major themes: the history of teaching natural history within institutional facilities, and the history of teaching natural history in the outdoor arena.   Friday 10 October: […]

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Sign up for 3 talks on Mark Catesby’s Natural History: The Art, the Science, the Publication on 25 June in London.

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), English naturalist and artist, produced one of the first fully illustrated natural history colour plate books of the eighteenth century, entitled The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1731-47). Acting as his own publisher, the large folio-sized two-volume work was the culmination of Catesby’s activities as a collector, explorer […]

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John Thackray Medal 2014 – Call for nominations

All SHNH members in good standing are invited to make nominations for the 2014 award. Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Secretary, with an accompanying letter. Nominations must indicate the item and the producer to be nominated and include the name and contact details of the person submitting the nomination. Please include a brief […]

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SHNH Spring meeting, SGM and AGM announcement

This one day meeting is in celebration of 350 years since the death of John Goodyer (1592–1664), the 17th-century botanist who added many plants to the British flora. He clarified the four principal types of British elm tree and introduced the Jerusalem Artichoke to English gardens and cookery. He produced translations of Theophrastus and Dioscorides and, together with Thomas Johnson (d.1644), revised ‘Gerard’s Herbal’ (1633). He left his extensive collection of books, manuscripts and notes to Magdalen College, Oxford.

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