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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.
Announcing the call for papers for a one-day workshop on Rural Retailing and Distribution in History to be held at the University of Wolverhampton, on 13 May 2015.
The BAHS Winter Conference, Rural Worlds in Motion, on Saturday 6 December includes papers by Mark Bailey, Lyn Bootham, Harriet Ritvo, and Clair Wills. Read more... Enrollment closes 28 November 2014.

The conference will be preceded by a workshop for PhD and recent post-doc researchers in rural history, on Friday 5 December. This is a new venture for the BAHS. It will feature presentations by Richard Hoyle, Mark Overton, Nicola Verdon and Jane Whittle, and is an opportunity for up to 18 new researchers to discuss their own work. The Call for Papers has now closed.

Both events will be at the newly reopened Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.

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...
Irish emigrants Rat catcher with dogA rat catcher with his dog (MERL). Farmers, consumers, and innovators: the world of Joan Thirsk celebrated
BAHS members were prominent among the hundred or so delegates who assembled in Leicester on 20 September 2014 for a conference to honour the academic achievements of Joan Thirsk. 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. More info...

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