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To promote the study of agricultural history, and the history of the rural economy and society, the BAHS publishes the Agricultural History Review and Rural History Today. The Society holds conferences twice a year: a day meeting in London in early December, and a residential conference at different locations in Britain in Spring. These are opportunities for professional and non-professional historians to meet, mix and exchange views in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. The society also has a fund to support otherwise unfunded Conferences and Initiatives.
The BAHS Spring Conference 2015
Will be held at the University of Bangor from Monday 30th March to Wednesday 1st April, with a visit to Hafod y Llan farm (right). Read more...
Hafod y Llan farm
Image © NTPL/Joe Cornish
After Margaret Spufford: English Local History Now is a conference to be held at the University of Roehampton, 19-20 June 2015, which aims to celebrate, commemorate, assess and evaluate Professor Margaret Spufford’s contribution to early modern history in both its content and its methods. There is a call for papers for the Postgraduate Session. Closing date 1 February 2015.
Announcing the call for papers for a one-day workshop on Rural Retailing and Distribution in History to be held by CHORD at the University of Wolverhampton, on 13 May 2015. Closing date 13 February 2015.

Fully funded PhD opportunity at the University of Hull in historical geography/women's history: Maid, wife and widow: women's life-course and property ownership, 1550-1800, supervised by Dr Briony McDonagh (Department of Geography) and Dr Amanda Capern (Department of History). Read more... HGRG
New book recently published: Population, Welfare and Economic Change in Britain, 1290-1834. Edited by Chris Briggs, P. M. Kitson and S. J. Thompson, its particular focus is population growth. Read more...
Professor of Social and Cultural History awarded MERL fellowship to explore rat control in British agriculture
Karen Sayer
Professor Karen Sayer (left) has received this year’s Gwyn E. Jones Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) fellowship for her project on ‘Rural Boundaries: the control of rats and mice in British agriculture c.1800-2001’. Read More...

Rural History 2015, the next conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EuRHO), is being hosted by the Spanish Agricultural History Society at the University of Girona. The panel submissions are currently being reviewed. Read more...

Rural History Today issue 27 and Agricultural History Review volume 62 part I are both available to members online and in print. New issues of both will be out in February. The International Conference: Old and New Worlds - the Global Challenges of Rural History will be held in Lisbon, 28-30 January 2016. Read more...