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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's Winter Conference, Rural Worlds in Motion, will be held on 6 December, at the University of London. Please fill in the application form and send it with a cheque to the address given.

Rural History Today issue 27 and

Agricultural History Review Volume 62 Part I are now available online and in print.

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Rural History 2015 programme book Announcing 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. Proposals for panels will be accepted up to 30 September 2014. More info.
Professor Richard Hoyle to be VCH Director
The editor of Agricultural History Review has been appointed Director and General Editor of Victoria County History, a post he will take up in October. Read more.


Farmers, consumers and innovators: the world of Joan Thirsk
A conference to be held at the University of Leicester
Saturday 20 September 2014.
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The Society is pleased to announce a conference, Farmers, consumers and innovators inspired by the work of Joan Thirsk, who died in October 2013. Joan was the leading agrarian historian of the late 20th century, and the conference is being held in Leicester, where she worked for 14 years. She is probably best known for her research into regional farming, but wrote much about rural industry, changing tastes and fashions, “projects”, and innovations in the rural economy. The conference is intended not to look back, but rather to identify Joan Thirsk’s relevance for historians now, and to display new work which has been influenced and inspired by her. Programme details.

Population Histories in Context: Past achievements and future directions. A conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, at Downing College, Cambridge, UK, 16-18 September 2014. More info. Government and agricultural change in comparative perspective, a workshop arranged within the International Scientific Coordination Network (GDRI): CRIses and Changes in the European Countryside in the long run (CRICEC), in Lund, Sweden 16-17 October 2014.