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The BAHS is the national society for the study of the history of agriculture, rural society and the landscape of Britain and Ireland. We publish a magazine, Rural History Today, as well as a scholarly journal, Agricultural History Review, and our conferences provide opportunities for historians (professional and non-professional) to meet, mix and exchange views in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. We have a fund available to support otherwise unfunded Conferences and Initiatives. If you are considering holding a conference, workshop, special meeting or something similar, why not apply?   We also offer bursaries to student members who want to attend our conferences and other meetings supported by the Society.
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Professor John Martin, of De Montfort University and the BAHS, recently appeared on Radio 4’s The Long View, comparing the current crisis in the dairy industry with the wheat crisis of the 1930s. Download the podcast.

It just got much easier to join the BAHS because we are now set up to use PayPal.
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Fill in an online form and pay via PayPal. You will also be able to renew your membership in this way.
Rebecca Ford's report on Spring Conference 2015.
Over 100 rural museums and other places to visit Conferences
We have trawled the Web and found over 100 rural museums and other places of interest for you to visit this summer! Whitchurch Silk Mill is one of them. This is a working mill where you can see weaving still being done in the traditional way.

Click here for our interactive map of rural museums and other places to visit in Britain and Ireland! (adding Irish ones...)

Hafod Y Llan: site of this year's Spring Conference visit

The next BAHS Winter Conference, ‘Occupations, work and gender in rural Britain’, will be held on 5 December 2015 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, London. The speakers will be Richard Smith, Jane Whittle, Leigh Shaw-Taylor and Nicola Verdon.
Read Matthew Homewood's report on the 2014 Winter Conference, ‘Rural Worlds on the Move’.
Rural History 2015, the 2nd conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EuRHO), Girona, 7-10 Sept. It is not too late to register for this biennial conference.

Next year's BAHS Spring Conference will be held at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield, 4 to 6 April 2015.
Recent publications A new venture in county record publishing
The latest issue is now available in print and via the Ingenta web site. Seven stunning new articles on English, Irish, Spanish and European rural history, from the early middle ages to the 21st century! Rural History Today issue 29 is now available, with articles by Nicola Verdon about the WI as it celebrates its centenary year and by Susanna Wade Martins on some of the sources for studying the Victorian rural clergy.

For Stilton cheese and pork pies, local history, sporting art and more, visit the Melton Carnegie museum in Leicestershire.

Parish Government in a Leicestershire Village is the first volume of the Leicestershire Record Series, bringing Leicestershire into line with most other English counties in having a series of editions of original documents.

The first volume will interest agricultural and rural historians with documents demonstrating the role of the churchwardens, overseers, constables and surveyors of the highways.

LIBRAL: the Library of Irish and British Rural and Agricultural Literature Work in Progress Announcements
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.

Brittany cow

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.

Image 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 has over 70 entries, together with an online form for you to create your own entry, which will only take you a few minutes. Researchers listed here have reported other researchers contacting them as a result, making it a valuable resource. Call for papers for a day conference on Lincolnshire Agriculture, Rural Life and Labour to be held on 23 Apr. 2016. Deadline for paper proposals is 22 Jan. 2016.
Old and New Worlds Agricultural field in Africa with people on a bullock cartan International Conference on the Global Challenges of Rural History to be held in Lisbon, 27-30 January 2016.