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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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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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