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CALL FOR PAPERS on ‘The Palette of Nature’: SHNH International Summer Meeting, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Thursday 13th June 2024, with visits on Friday 14th June

We welcome papers that explore (but are not restricted to) the following topics and their relation to the role of colour in natural history: The use of colour in systems of classification Taxonomies of colour Producing and preserving colour Production of natural history illustrations The contributions of artists and illustrators Relationships between naturalists and natural […]

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Announcing the 2024 SHNH Natural History Book Prize shortlist (Thackray Medal)

Christine E. Jackson, A Newsworthy Naturalist: The Life of William Yarrell John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd. 2021. William Yarrell (1784–1856), was an influential naturalist at a time when natural history was becoming an important factor in 19th century society. He wrote two important books: A History of British Fishes and A History of British Birds, still being quoted as […]

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CALL for PAPERS for ‘Early Career Researcher Symposium – showcasing research into the history of natural history’ Online, Thursday 22 February 2024

The Society for the History of Natural History  is a diverse community of people united by an active interest in the study of natural history through time, believing that a greater awareness of how nature has been considered, documented, valued and exploited by societies and individuals worldwide leads to a deeper understanding and celebration of […]

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SHNH Stearn Essay Prize 2023 has been awarded to Mia Uys, University of Cape Town

The prize was instituted in 2007 to commemorate the work of Professor William T. Stearn CBE FLS VMH (1911–2001), a scholar whose work contributed much to the field and to this Society. The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide in full- or part-time education, and to postdoctoral students within two years of […]

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Announcing the 2024 SHNH Natural History Book Prize longlist (Thackray Medal)

Alan Brooke: Nature’s Missionary, Seth Lister Mosley, Naturalist, Museum Curator and Mystic, 1848-1929. Huddersfield: Huddersfield Local History Society. ISBN: 9780992984151 Seth Lister Mosley is an influential and until now underexplored figure in British social and cultural history. He made important contributions to museology, to the popularisation of science and science education, and to the study […]

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Society for the History of Natural History 2023 awards announcement. Founders’ Medal – P. Geoffrey Moore; President’s Award – Victoria Dickenson; Natural History Book Prize – Henrietta McBurney; Stearn Student Essay Prize – Cameron Barber

SHNH Founders’ Medal The Society is very pleased to announce that our prestigious Founders’ Medal will this year be awarded to Professor Geoff Moore, Emeritus Professor of Marine Biology at the University of London. Professor P. Geoffrey Moore (“Geoff”) Moore served as President of the Society for the History of Natural History from 2009 to […]

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Registration open: ‘The Language of Nature’ SHNH International Summer Meeting – Thinktank, Millennium Point, Birmingham Tuesday 13 June 2023 (with visits planned for 14 June)

For this meeting we have welcomed papers from across the field which speak to any aspects of the history of natural history. Speakers have been convened into sessions of related 20 minute papers with a shared session for questions at the end of each session.  Please see the programme below. Programme 13 June 9:15 – […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS The Language of Nature SHNH International Summer Meeting and AGM Thinktank, Millennium Point, Birmingham Tuesday 13 June 2023 (with visits planned for 14 June)

Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Dr Elle Larsson, Meetings Secretary at: Please include a title, an abstract (up to 250 words) and a speaker biography (up to 100 words). The deadline for submission is 17 March 2023. Successful papers will be selected to cover a range of topics and on the […]

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