The Society’s main publication is Archives of natural history, produced twice a year, and distributed free to all members. It contains refereed, illustrated papers and book reviews and is published for the Society by Edinburgh University Press.
All 45 volumes published since 1936 are now available online free of charge to members of the Society who have renewed their subscription for 2018/2019. Individuals who are not members of the Society may access the back issues on payment of an access fee.
An informal Newsletter is produced twice a year and distributed free to members. It contains details of forthcoming meetings, news of other events, a lively Notes & Queries section, members’ news and new publications.
From time to time, the Society also publishes other works that are relevant to its members’ interests. For example:
- In 2018, the publication Naturalists in the Field Collecting, Recording and Preserving the Natural World from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century edited by Arthur MacGregor was published by Brill.
- To celebrate the Society’s 75th anniversary, we published History & Mystery, an anthology of the most interesting, bizarre and entertaining notes and queries from the Society’s Newsletters. This can be ordered through the Society directly.
- The History of Zoos and Aquariums: From Royal gifts to Biodiversity Conservation (2014) was published to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of SHNH – the Society for the History of Natural History in 2012 and the 80th Anniversary of Chester Zoo in 2014. (Out of print.)
- Darwin in the Archives (2009). Papers on Erasmus Darwin and Charles Darwin from the Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History and Archives of Natural History published before 2005. Edited by E. Charles Nelson, Duncan M Porter. A listing of its contents is available here. Available from Edinburgh University Press.
- A century of Discovery: Antarctic exploration and the Southern Ocean (2005). Papers presented at an international symposium, held at the Southampton Oceanography Centre, 28–30 June 2004, published in association with the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton and the British Antarctic Survey. Available from Edinburgh University Press as Archives of Natural History Vol 32 (2) 2005.
- The Sherborn Fund Facsimiles, a series commemorating the founder of the Society, Charles Davies Sherborn, includes Alexander von Humboldt’s 1807 Essai sur la geographie des plantes.
- The Society also co-published John Thackray’s A guide to the official archives of The Natural History Museum (London, 1998).
For more information see Other publications.
SHNH Society members are entitled to a 20% discount on all EUP books and a 10% discount on EUP journals. Please browse the EUP website.
The following SHNH special publications are now available online at EUP at http://www.euppublishing.com/loi/anh
- History in the service of systematics (1981)
- Contributions to the history of North American natural history (1983)
- From Linnaeus to Darwin: commentaries on the history of biology and geology (1985)