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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.
Conferences Past and Future
>>>>> Spring Conference 2014 report by Carol Beardmore <<<<<
>>>>> Spring Conference 2015 details and application form <<<<<
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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 as an ‘experiment in state control’. Also, reviews of The archaeology of hill farming on Exmoor by Cain Hegarty and Rob Wilson-North, and Coping with Crisis: the resilience and vulnerability of preindustrial settlements by Daniel R. Curtis, and reflections by Malcolm Thick on the legacy of Joan Thirsk.
Agricultural History Review volume 62 part II is in press and will be available in February.

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 call for papers for Rural History 2015 closes on 31 January. The second conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EuRHO), is being hosted by the Spanish Agricultural History Society at the University of Girona, 7-10 Sept. If you want to present at Girona, get your paper proposal in now!

The Society is saddened to hear of the death of Rex Russell, Lincolnshire local historian, at the age of 98. The Guardian has an obituary. Rex Russell


Work in Progress in British and Irish Rural and Agrarian History: 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.
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. There is a call for papers for the Postgraduate Session. Closing date 1 February 2015. The BAHS Spring Conference 2015
Will be held at the University of Bangor from Monday 30th March to Wednesday 1st April, with a visit to Hafod y Llan farm (right). Read more...
Hafod y Llan farm
Image © NTPL/Joe Cornish
Announcing the Call for Papers for Women, land and the making of the British Landscape, 1300-190, a two-day interdisciplinary conference, 29-30 June 2015, University of Hull. Closing date 31 January.
Fully funded PhD opportunity at the University of Hull in historical geography/women's history: Maid, wife and widow: women's life-course and property ownership, 1550-1800, supervised by Dr Briony McDonagh (Department of Geography) and Dr Amanda Capern (Department of History). Announcing the call for papers for a one-day workshop on Rural Retailing and Distribution in History to be held by CHORD at the University of Wolverhampton, on 13 May 2015. Closing date 13 February 2015.
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The International Conference: Old and New Worlds - the Global Challenges of Rural History will be held in Lisbon, 28-30 January 2016. Read more...