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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.
Drenching, Dipping and Dosing: managing unhealthy beasts on British farms c1920-1970: An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award, at the Department of History, KCL, and the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.

We have a new Open Access Policy. In line with this policy, two further complete volumes of Agricultural History Review are now freely accessible on this Web site, volumes 58 and 59 from 2010 and 2011. One more recent article is also open access: Brassley, Harvey, Lobley and Winter, ‘Accounting for agriculture: the origins of the Farm Management Survey’ (Vol. 61, 2013).
Closing date extended to 24 March for the BAHS Spring Conference 2015 at the University of Bangor, Monday 30 March to Wednesday 1 April

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Visit to Hafod y Llan farm (right) and papers by
  • Nia Powell
  • Frances Richardson
  • Carin Martiin
  • Sarah Holland
  • Matthew Thompkins
  • Mark Overton
New Researchers session
  • Elizabeth Scott
  • Rebecca Ford
  • Jane Rowling
Hafod y Llan farm
Image © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Full conference programme and application form

Closing date extended to 24 March
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Registration is now open for Rural History 2015, the second conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EuRHO), which is being held at the University of Girona, 7-10 Sept. Register before 15 July for an early bird discount.
Include your name in the Tabula Gratulatoria of Peasants and Lords in the Medieval English Economy, the forthcoming book of essays in honour of Bruce M. S. Campbell! Pre-order a copy by 1 June, using this order form PDF Icon and your name will be included.

Rural History Today cover

Rural History Today issue 28 includes articles by Clare Griffiths on the sale of the RASE collection, Gavin Bowie on the risks of medieval sheep farming, and John Martin on British Agriculture in WW2.

Agricultural History Review volume 62 part II includes articles by Shami Ghosh, Mark Bailey, Tim Soens and Pieter De Graef, René van Weeren and Tine De Moor, John Chapman, Abigail Woods, Andrew Godley, and David Stead.

LIBRAL, a new word for a new initiative from the BAHS, the online

Library of Irish and British Rural and Agricultural Literature.

As a first step to creating this resource for rural historians, we have compiled a catalogue of 18th- and 19th-century literature on agricultural topics that have already been digitised and are available on a variety of Web sites. This is just the start.

We plan, over the coming months, to scan and digitise many more volumes ourselves, making them available here. The idea is to allow you to search across multiple volumes to find the topics that interest you.

Brittany cowImage of a Brittany cow from Dairy Stock by John Gamgee (1861), one of the many volumes already in LIBRAL.

The Work in Progress list, formerly published in Agricultural History Review, is now available online, together with an online form for you to create your own entry, which will only take you a few minutes. The Department of History at King’s College London, in collaboration with the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading are offering two AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral awards, starting in September 2015.
Agricultural field in Africa with people on a bullock cartthe Call for Papers closes 15 April 2015. Old and New Worlds is an International Conference on the Global Challenges of Rural History to be held in Lisbon, 27-30 January 2016. MERL Logo Kings College London logo
The Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS) 2015 will be held at CU Boulder, 2-4 October. The Call for Papers closes on 1 April.

BAHS Spring Conference 2014 report by Carol Beardmore

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Other forthcoming conferences:
The one-day workshop on Rural Retailing and Distribution in History will be held by CHORD at the University of Wolverhampton, on 13 May 2015.
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.
Women, land and the making of the British Landscape, 1300-190 is a two-day interdisciplinary conference, 29-30 June 2015, University of Hull.