The Society for the History of Natural History

The Society for the History of Natural History is a friendly international society for everyone who is interested in natural history in the broadest sense.  This includes botany, zoology and geology as well as natural history collections, exploration, art and bibliography. Everyone with an interest in these subjects – professional or amateur – is welcome to join. For a brief history of the society, click here.

SHNH is known for its friendliness and provides a focal point for the history of all aspects of natural history.  It has a thriving international membership and regional representatives organise local meetings. An international meeting is held at regular intervals, the most recent being held in the United States in November 2012. A number of meetings and events are scheduled for 2013 so do visit the Meetings and Events pages for more information. Of especial interest will be our meeting on Alfred Russel Wallace. 

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 volumes published from 1936 are now available online.

From time to time, the Society also publishes other works of interest. To celebrate SHNH's 75th anniversary in 2011, we published History and mystery, an anthology of the most interesting, bizarre and entertaining notes and queries from the Society's newsletters. Other publications include: Darwin in the Archives and A Century of Discovery.

An informal Newsletter is produced three times 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. 

On this site you will find information about the Society, its activities, publications and how to join us. You will also find news and up-to-date information as well as links to useful resources and further information.

Latest News

Wednesday 05. of March 2014 SHNH Spring meeting, SGM and AGM announcement

Naturalists' Libraries: 350th anniversary of John Goodyer (1592-1664), 17th-century botanist

Saturday 19 July 2014

Magdalen College, Oxford University, Oxford

This one day meeting is in celebration of 350 years since the...

Monday 03. of June 2013 Unremitting passion for the beauty and mystery of the natural world - Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary

Joint meeting of SHNH and the Linnean Society of London

Friday 7th June, 10.30 - 18.00

University of Bournemouth, Talbot Campus, Walisdown Road, Bournemouth BH12 5BB

This meeting is taking place in association with ...

Monday 03. of June 2013 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...

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