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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.
Farmers, consumers and innovators: the world of Joan Thirsk
A conference to be held at the University of Leicester
Saturday 20 September 2014.
Please complete this form and send it to the address given before 27 August 2014.
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 ahs been influenced and inspired by her.

Abstracts of the latest Agricultural History Review articles are now here (volume 62 part I). Articles on the material world of English peasants, medieval S. Pennine landscapes, early modern Swedish property management, fuel supply in early modern England, “warping” as a driver for enclosure in Lincs, origins of Indian timber plantations, and women's agricultural education around the turn of the 19th-20th centuries... Great stuff!
The articles are being typeset and will be available soon.

AgHR621 Property Rights, Land and Territory in the European Overseas Empires

Lisbon, 26-27 June 2014

Call for Papers ends 20 April 2014.

More info.

The Society’s 2014 Spring Conference was held 7-9 April at Denman College, Oxfordshire, home of the WI. Many of us explored the beautiful grounds as well as attending the interesting academic programme. It was nice to see old faces and especially good to see some new faces as well. Rural History Today issue 26 is available here. 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.