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Archives of Natural History Vol. 39.2 now published

 The new issue of Archives of natural history Volume 39.2 is now published online. Please see contents and abstracts available on the website.  For convenience, the contents are also listed below. The complete set of Archives Volumes 1 – 39 are available to all SHNH members online. SHNH Members please note that you will need to […]

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Edward Lear’s other owl and pussycat are on display at the Royal Society

Edward Lear and the Scientists; a public display of rare and valuable books, drawings and lithographs, showcasing the fine zoological illustrations of Edward Lear, renowned for his nonsense poetry, including the famed The Owl and the Pussycat, has been unveiled. The Royal Society is celebrating the bicentenary year of Edward Lear (1812–1888) by exhibiting some of […]

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The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear Thursday 27th September

The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear Speaker: Robert McCracken Peck at  The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF  on Thursday 27th September from 18:00 to 20:00 A joint meeting in the Rooms of the Linnean Society of London in association with the Society for the History of Natural History. This illustrated […]

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Andrea Kennedy winner of the 2012 William T. Stearn Essay Prize announced

Congratulations to Andrea Kennedy (University of Cambridge MPhil student 2011-12) for winning the William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize for 2012. This annual award is given by the Society for the History of Natural History (SHNH) for the best original unpublished essay in the field of history of natural history. Andrea’s winning entry was ‘The beauty of […]

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The Art of Seventeenth-Century Science

“The Art of Seventeenth-Century Science”, is on display in the Proscholium at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford from 18 August 2012 until 30 September 2012.  On Wednesday, 19 September, Anna Marie Roos will be giving a public lecture to accompany the exhibit, “The Art of Science: The Rediscovery of the Lister Copperplates” from 13:00 […]

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Speakers announced for Mark Catesby’s third centennial in America – celebrating his impact on our world

Mark Catesby’s third centennial in America – celebrating his impact on our world Richmond, Virginia; Washington DC; and Charleston, South Carolina, USA 4-9 November, 2012 This celebration is being organized by the Catesby Commemorative Trust with SHNH as a co-sponsor. Others involved include the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, US Botanic Garden, Wilton House Museum in Richmond, […]

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Preliminary announcement SHNH Spring Meeting and AGM

The natural history of the Terra Nova expedition Saturday 19 May 2012, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK The Terra Nova Expedition (1910-12), officially the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, was led by Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) with the aim of being the first to reach the South Pole, a tragic journey that ended on 29th […]

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Presidential reflections on our jubilee year

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all our Officers, Councillors and members who have jointly and individually made 2011 such a memorable jubilee year for the Society.  Julia Bruce produced our first full-colour newsletter before taking a well-earned retirement from its editorship.  Elaine Shaughnessy, public-spiritedly, has taken […]

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