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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.

Richard Britnell

Many members of the Society will be saddened to hear of the death of Professor Richard Britnell before Christmas. He was a good friend to many of us as well as to the Society. As Professor Phillipp Schofield observed, he was ‘wholly generous and supportive as well as a scholar held in the highest regard’. Britnell's early work was on Colchester in Essex. The work for which he is best-known, on the proliferation of markets and the evidence they provided for rural commercialisation, was drawn together in his influential book, entitled The Commercialisation of English Society, 1000-1500 (1992). An obituary by Professor Chris Dyer has appeared in the Guardian.

Denman College
The Society’s 2014 Spring Conference will be held 7-9 April at Denman College, Oxfordshire, home of the WI.
A varied and interesting programme has been lined up for us.

The family and many friends, colleagues and neighbours of Joan Thirsk (d. October 2013) attended a meeting to celebrate her life and work on Saturday 11 January 2014 at the Senate House, University of London. Through a c.1990 interview preserved on DVD by the IHR, the ‘friends of Joan’ were able to hear Joan herself speak on many topics, ranging from the beginnings of the BAHS itself and of the Cambridge Agrarian History, through Joan's approach to bringing up a family and pursuing an active academic life, and her support for women-only colleges (‘for some, not necessarily all’). Many then spoke eloquently and movingly of their memories of this remarkable woman.

Joan Thirsk

The meeting was sponsored by the BAHS, British Association for Local History, Economic History Society, Kent Archaeological Society, The Medieval Settlement Research Group, St Hilda’s College Oxford, The History Faculty of the University of Oxford, and Past and Present.

Read Liz Griffiths’ article in Rural History Today.

Agricultural History Review volume 61 part II is now available. We have changed the way the combined table of contents is published: from now on, you will be able to download it from the volume’s Web page. AgHR612 Rural History Today issue 26 is now available. From now on issues will be dated February and August. Please send material for inclusion in the August edition by 30 June 2014 and for the February edition by 30 December 2014.
Tawney revisited

Tawney’s agrarian problem revisited

Edited by the chair of the BAHS executive committee, Jane Whittle, with contributions from many other members of the Society, this book was the outcome of a day conference held in 2012, the centenary of the publication of R. H. Tawney’s The agrarian problem in the sixteenth century. Order the book online from Boydell and Brewer, quoting 13293 at the checkout for a special offer price of £13.49. Offer ends 30 June 2014.

Publication of The Farmer in England, 1650-1980

Ashgate has announced the publication of The Farmer in England, 1650–1980, edited by Richard W. Hoyle (editor of the Agricultural History Review). All of the authors who contributed chapters to the book are also members of the BAHS and on Sunday 27 October, some of them gathered together to present a copy of the book to its dedicatee, Ted Collins, former Professor of Rural History at the University of Reading.

Anybody who buys this book through the Ashgate Web site will get a 10% discount. For a 20% discount, if you are a member of the BAHS, please send an email to the BAHS Webweaver and we will send you a discount code.

Farmers Book Cover