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Society for the History of Natural History

About SHNH

About the Society for History of Natural History

The Society was founded in 1936 by a small group of scientists, librarians and bibliographers centred on the British Museum (Natural History) in London. The Society is still closely associated with the Museum, now the Natural History Museum, which contains the national collections of natural history specimens and has a strong tradition in the historical study of these collections. For more information visit our brief history webpage.

Since its modest beginnings, the Society has grown in membership and international standing. It is known for its friendliness and its meetings combine intellectual excellence with opportunities for informal exchange of ideas. It is a focal point for the history of all aspects of natural history. This includes art, literature, biography and bibliography as well as investigative historical studies.

The Society has a thriving international membership. Representatives in Australasia, Europe, North America, South Africa and South East Asia organise local meetings and an international meeting is held every other year.

The Society produces two regular publications; the Archives of natural history, a refereed journal, and a more informal Newsletter.

The Society’s affairs are conducted by a Council of members who meet regularly throughout the year. Individuals on Council take responsibility for the various functions that the Society performs.

You can contact the Society by post or email.