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.
Our URL is www.shnh.org.uk
Thursday 15. of September 2011 Archives of Natural History Vol. 38.2 now published online
The new issue of Archives of natural history (Volume 38 part 2) is now published online. Please see contents and abstracts available on the website. For convenience, the contents are also listed below. The print...
Thursday 11. of August 2011 Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond
Friday October 28th 2011, Flett Theatre, The Natural History Museum, London, UK
Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the 43...
Thursday 11. of August 2011 CALL FOR PAPERS Wallich and Indian Natural History: Collection Dispersal and the Cultivation of Knowledge.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th August, 2011
This international conference will be held from the 6th-7th December, 2011, on the general theme of South Asian natural history collections with a special emphasis on the...