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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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SHNH Stearn Essay Prize 2020 awarded to Amelia Urry (Cambridge) for her essay ‘Hearsay, Gossip, Misapprehension: Alfred Newton’s secondhand histories of extinction’

Amelia is a PhD student (History and Philosophy of Science) at the University of Cambridge, where she studies the ‘deep uncertainty’ of Antarctic climate science. As a writer, she has explored themes of extinction and apocalypse, moving across histories of science and literature. Of winning the award, Amelia says “It is an honour and a […]

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SHNH Society for the History of Natural History launches its 2021 Awards: President’s Award 2021, Founders’ Medal, Thackray Medal for best book on natural history and Stearn Student Essay Prize

  I am delighted to announce that we will be making Awards once again at our AGM in 2021. We had a break in 2020 as a result of Council’s detailed review of all our SHNH Awards, when we considered their scope and the criteria used for them as part of our strategic review. Our […]

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