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Society for the History of Natural History

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The Alwyne Wheeler Bursary

The Alwyne Wheeler Bursary

The Alwyne Wheeler Bursary was established in 1999, on the occasion of Alwyne Wheeler’s retirement as the Society’s Honorary Editor. He expressed the wish that the fund be created to facilitate original contributions to the study of the history of natural history by scholars under the age of 30.

Thus the Alwyne Wheeler Bursary supports travel by eligible scholars to meetings of the Society. The award will include up to £100 (or equivalent in other currencies) for travel, plus the conference registration. The Bursary normally supports travel only to the Society’s Annual General Meeting which is held in the spring each year, before the end of May.  From time to time Council may designate other meetings as eligible, and notice of these will be provided through the Newsletter and this website. One bursary will be available for each such meeting.

Preference will be given to scholars who want to contribute a paper or other presentation, and recipients will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the Society’s journal, Archives of natural history.

Applications can be submitted at any time (see rules for application) from eligible individuals who do not have to be members of the Society.


History & MysteryHistory & Mystery is an anthology of notes and queries from Newsletters of the Society for the History of Natural History. Naturalists, books, collections, works of art, societies, even a mermaid, are contained here. Some of the notes are witty commentaries. Some of the topics are unexpected, even bizarre. Some of the reprinted queries are still unanswered. History & Mystery celebrates SHNH’s Diamond Jubilee.

Compiled by Charles Nelson, it is 208pp and the beautiful cover features paintings by the artist Rebecca Jewell. For more information on the contents, visit the Index and list of contributors. Council has fixed a retail price of £15 (including postage and packing) for UK members, and £18 for the rest of the world (ROW).

Proceeds from the sale of this volume will help replenish the Alwynne Wheeler Bursary to support young scholars in attending SHNH conferences and meetings.

For more information and to order visit History & Mystery.