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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.
BAHS Spring Conference Membership
This year’s BAHS Spring Conference will be held at Wortley Hall, near Sheffield, 4 to 6 April 2016.

The full programme is now available and you can book either online, or by printing out the paper form and sending it with a cheque to the address on the form. Wortley Hall, the conference venue

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.

New: Online 30% discount on Jones, Agricultural Englightenment!
New publication Recent BAHS publications
Boydell and Brewer announce the publication of Rural Society and Economic Change in County Durham: Recession and Recovery, c.1400-1640 by A.T. Brown (Durham University).

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The book is study of how Durham’s rural society survived the economic crisis of the late medieval period and how the end of the sixteenth century the development of the coal industry provided opportunities for investment and profit. It looks at the estates of the bishops of Durham and monks of Durham Cathedral Priory, and the emergence of the yeomanry as a social group.

£39.00 to BAHS members (normally £60.00), a saving of 35%. Please ask the WebWeaver for the discount code. Offer ends 30 April.

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The latest issue of Agricultural History Review is available online. It includes articles ranging from C13th England to C19th Italy via C18th Sweden.
Rural History Today issue 30 is now available online, with articles by Karen Sayer, Juliet Gayton, Elizabeth Griffiths, Gavin Bowie and Peter Dewey.

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New publication:
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British Farm Surveys, 1941 to 1943: Reports and statistical analysis, edited by Oliver Finnegan, Catherine Glover and Richard W. Hoyle

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(Payment will go to the List and Index Society.)
In 1941 the government launched the National Farm Survey of England and Wales. A similar survey was done in Scotland. The detailed county reports for England and Wales have remained largely unnoticed, and certainly unexploited, in the National Archives.
The List and Index Society has now published them in an 854-page transcript on a CD-ROM, together with spreadsheet data. The accompanying book includes an introduction and the full text of the summary reports of both surveys.
£45 to BAHS members (normally £75). Simply enter your membership number and click Buy Now.
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The BAHS announces the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize Fund.

The British Agricultural History Society is pleased to announce a prize to be awarded annually for the Best Book in British or Irish Rural or Agrarian History in memory of Joan Thirsk. The prize will be awarded for the first time in Spring 2017, for a book published during 2016.

We have set up a fund for the prize and invite you to make donations to it.

Joan Thirsk
Joan Thirsk was the leading agricultural and rural historian of her generation. Her books and articles have a lasting influence. The fertility of Joan’s mind was such that she wrote a succession of pioneering articles, offering ideas and even creating areas of research which others took up and developed. More...
The BAHS will match all donations made to this prize fund.
Call for Papers New Publication
How did an ideal image of a certain breed come into being and how was it influenced by economic goals, behavioural expectations, or aesthetic considerations? by fashion, taste or morals?
How did breeding methods for producing the ideal animal develop and co-exist? How was breeding organized? Who was involved?
What were their assumptions and how did these influence the methods of breeding? How were the results evaluated?
This conference will be held 2-3 June, 2016, at the University of Kassel, Germany.
Please read the full call for papers and submit abstracts of 200-300 words by 15 February. Travel and accommodation funds may be available for authors of the selected papers.
Oxford University Press is offering a 30% online discount on
Agricultural Enlightenment: Knowledge, Technology, and Nature, 1750-1840 by Peter M. Jones.
[PDF with discount code and links to order form]
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This book provides a fuller understanding of the character and functioning of the pre-modern ‘organic’ economy, and assesses the role of government and the State in the pre-modern agricultural sector. It recovers a dimension of Enlightenment thought and practice which has been largely overlooked, explores the diffusion and adoption of agricultural knowledge in the eighteenth century, and offers an analysis based on evidence drawn from all over Europe of the process of transferring skill and ‘know how’ in the agricultural sector and how it was successfully achieved.
LIBRAL: the Library of Irish and British Rural and Agricultural Literature 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 cowImage of a Brittany cow from Dairy Stock by John Gamgee (1861), one of the many volumes already in LIBRAL.
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.

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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.

Rural South Asia announce the first edition of their journal, Rural South Asian Studies.PDF file [Cover & Contents]
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The papers are finalised and once the printed copy is circulated the contents will available online with open access. The Call For Papers for Vol. I, No. 2, 2016 will be given by 15 February 2016.
A study day, Living off the Land: Agriculture in Wales, c.400–1600 AD, is to be held on 16 July 2016 at Cardiff University.
Conference Poster

Rural History 2017, the 3rd conference of EurHO, will be held in Leuven, Belgium, September 11-14, 2017.