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

Friday 16. of March 2012 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 ...

Tuesday 13. of March 2012 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...

Friday 16. of December 2011 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...

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