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Society for the History of Natural History 2022 awards announcement. Founders’ Medal – Theodore W. Pietsch; President’s Award – Madeleine Hutchins; Natural History Book Prize – Jordan Goodman

SHNH Founders’ Medal 2022 SHNH is delighted to award the prestigious SHNH Founder’s Medal this year to Professor Theodore “Ted” W. Pietsch. The Founders’ Medal is awarded to persons who have made a substantial contribution to the study of the history or bibliography of natural history through a sustained record of high-quality publications, and a […]

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SHNH Meeting (online) – 11 May 2022 2.00pm : Pioneer Naturalists: Champions of Conservation and Environmental Engagement

Programme 2.00-2.10 Welcome and introduction   2.10-2.30 Carlo Bovolo University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy Protecting Mountains: Hunting, Naturalists and Nature Conservation in 19th Century Piedmont 2.30-2.50 Nathan Smith University of Cambridge Mycological Collections as Legacy in Early Twentieth Century Yorkshire 2.50-3.10 Ian Beavis Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Conserving Arcadia – Naturalists and Campaigners […]

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Welcome to new SHNH President Ms Gina Douglas Hon FLS

Gina is additionally President of The Ray Society (2019-) (, Honorary Archivist of the Linnean Society of London (, and Editor of The Linnean (Newsletter & Proceedings of the Linnean Society). Gina is also an Honorary Member of SHNH – Society for the History of Natural History (, the Svenska Linnésallskapet (Swedish Linnaeus Society) ( […]

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SHNH Virtual AGM 2021, Tuesday 29 June 2021, 3pm: Message from the President

Dear Member, This year the Society celebrates its 85th birthday, a wonderful achievement for a voluntary society. We will be holding a virtual Annual General Meeting on 29 June (3pm London time) when we will be extending a special welcome to our new members and to our international members.  Unfortunately Covid restrictions and concerns prevent […]

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“Water Shrews” painted by Edward Lear. A new blog by Robert McCracken Peck

by Robert McCraken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19103. “Water shrews” by Edward Lear (1812–1888). Courtesy of Guy Peppiatt.       Edward Lear (1812-1888) was born on 12th May 1812. He best remembered today for his humorous limericks and […]

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Mark Catesby: A New Memorial Window in London, UK

By E. Charles Nelson, VMM FLS, Senior Research Director, The Catesby Centre, The University of South Carolina; Associate Editor, Archives of Natural History of Society for the History of Natural History Mark Catesby (1683-1749), famous for his magnificent publication The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-1747) is 337 years old today […]

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New opportunity with SHNH to join Editorial Team as Editor of Archives of Natural History, published by Edinburgh University Press. More details below.

SHNH Editor: Role (a) The Editor is responsible to Council for the production of Archives of Natural History and any other additional publications that Council approves. The Editor presents a detailed report on the status of Archives of Natural History to each meeting of Council. (b) The Editor works closely with our publishers to ensure […]

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