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Sign up for 3 talks on Mark Catesby’s Natural History: The Art, the Science, the Publication on 25 June in London.

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), English naturalist and artist, produced one of the first fully illustrated natural history colour plate books of the eighteenth century, entitled The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1731-47). Acting as his own publisher, the large folio-sized two-volume work was the culmination of Catesby’s activities as a collector, explorer […]

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John Thackray Medal 2014 – Call for nominations

All SHNH members in good standing are invited to make nominations for the 2014 award. Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Secretary, with an accompanying letter. Nominations must indicate the item and the producer to be nominated and include the name and contact details of the person submitting the nomination. Please include a brief […]

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SHNH Spring meeting, SGM and AGM announcement

This one day meeting is in celebration of 350 years since the death of John Goodyer (1592–1664), the 17th-century botanist who added many plants to the British flora. He clarified the four principal types of British elm tree and introduced the Jerusalem Artichoke to English gardens and cookery. He produced translations of Theophrastus and Dioscorides and, together with Thomas Johnson (d.1644), revised ‘Gerard’s Herbal’ (1633). He left his extensive collection of books, manuscripts and notes to Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Hunterian Art Gallery at 10.30am, Saturday 20th July Visit for SHNH Members

SHNH Members are offered a guided tour by Geoff Hancock, Curator of the exhibition ‘This Unrivalled Collection: The Hunterian’s First Catalogue’ at Glasgow University. The displays cover the history of the Hunterian Museum as told through objects selected from Captain Laskey’s ‘General Account of the Hunterian, etc.’ (1813). William Hunter’s collection, a complete museum of […]

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SHNH Meeting Exeter: last call for registrations and updated programme information

Saturday 18th May 2013 Collectors and Collections in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter  Museum opens at 10.00:   Registrations, tea/coffee on arrival 10.30 -10.55 Ron Cleevely: A brief re-appraisal of George Montagu’s contributions to Devon’s natural history 11.00 -11.25 Professor David Nichols: Percy Sladen: Echinoderm Collector. 11.30- 11.55 Dr Anne Secord: Mrs Griffiths and seaweed collectors […]

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John Thackray Medal 2013 – Call for nominations

Instituted in 2000 to commemorate the life and work of John Thackray, Past President of SHNH, the John Thackray Medal is awarded for a significant achievement in the preceding three years in the history of those areas of interest to the Society, that is the biological and earth sciences in the broadest sense. Recognition may […]

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Collectors & Collections in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Saturday 18th May 2013 SHNH Spring Meeting, Special General Meeting & AGM The Spring Meeting, Special General Meeting and AGM of the Society for the History of Natural History will be held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX RAMM cares for a wonderful and diverse collection consisting of over […]

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Message from SHNH President November 2012

It is customary for any new president to introduce him/herself. First, I need to apologise that some of us, on the new SHNH Council, have had a very hard time recently (with bereavements and a very serious road traffic accident to deal with and we may not have been as responsive as people could wish. […]

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