• Spike Gibbs and Steve Hindle win Thirsk Prize 2024
    Like last year, two books stood out. The first, Spike Gibbs’ ‘Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in late Medieval and Early Modern England’ (Cambridge University Press), is a book that the panel agreed will shape the historiography for many years to come. The second, Steve Hindle’s ‘The Social Topography of a Rural Community: Scenes from a Labouring Life’ (Oxford University Press), is a wonderful, illuminating microhistory of one early modern Warwickshire community.
  • Spring Conference 2014: Denman College
    The 2014 BAHS Spring Conference took place at Denman College, Oxfordshire.
  • Spring Conference 2015 report
    Rebecca Ford reports on the 2015 BAHS Spring Conference at Bangor University.
  • Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize 2023
    This year, for the first time, the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize was split between two authors: Professor Christopher Dyer and Dr Jane Rowling.


  • Rural History Today, Issue 46 (January 2024)
    Issue 46 carries articles on the diaries of Violet Dickinson; oral history and environmental land management; rural resistance to land dispossession in the Western Isles; and county magazines.
  • Rural History Today, Issue 45 (July 2023)
    This issue features an article by Christopher Dyer on medieval peasants’ contributions to the countryside; Elizabeth Pimblett on women’s roles in the story of cider; Tony Pratt on the British cattle census of 1866; and Paul Warde on land valuation and surveying in mid-nineteenth-century Ireland.
  • How peasants made the rural landscape
    Peasants were not rich or powerful, but they had a capacity, often when operating together in a community, to make decisions and change the world around them. The peasant contribution to the medieval countryside has emerged gradually in the thinking of historians and archaeologists.
  • Rural History Today, Issue 44 (February 2023)
    The February 2023 edition of Rural History Today leads with an article by BAHS President Professor Nicola Verdon on Ruth Uzzell, a trailblazing campaigner and the second woman to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Union of Agricultural Workers, elected in 1922. Ian Godwin contributes an article on Seale-Hayne College in Devon; Penny Lawrence on early twentieth-century British calf clubs; Marc Collinson, Shaun Evans, Matthew Rowland, Mari Wiliam, and Catrin Williams on the Bodorgan Estate in the south-west of Anglesey and the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) at Bangor University; and Angus J.L. Winchester on common land in Britain.
  • Rural History Today, Issue 43 (August 2022)

Library of Rural and Agricultural Literature (LIBRAL)

New on LIBRAL in February 2024

Aiton, William, General View of … Ayr [A] (1811)
Aiton, William, General View of … Ayr [B] (1811)
Anon., Rinderpest in Aberdeenshire: the outbreak of 1865 and how it was stamped out (1882)
Hazard, Willis P., How to Select Cows; or the Guenon System, Simplified, Explained and Practically Applied (1889)
Hurst and Son, Trade Catalogue of Agricultural Seeds, offered by Hurst and Son (1901)
Long, James, The Small Farm and its Management (1901)
Lundy, John J., Rinderpest: its Prevention and Cure; and Gypsum (or sulphate of lime, its advantages as a manure, deodoriser and sanitary agent (1865)
MAF, The Farm Tractor (1940)
Marsh, John B., with illustrations by E.T.D. Stevens and J. Rochefort, Hops and Hopping (1892)
One who has Whistled at the Plough, A Letter to the Farmers of England (1843)
Pitt, William, General View of … Stafford (1808)
Rea, E., Tractor Ploughing in War Time (1941)
Robinson, John, On the Present Position of the Agricultural Labourer (1864)
Roland, Arthur, ed. William H. Ablett, The Management of Grassland: Laying Down Grass; Artificial Grasses, etc (1887)
Stanhope, Philip Henry, 4th Earl, A Letter to the Owners and Occupiers of Sheep Farms from Earl Stanhope (1828)
Stratton, Rev. J. Y., Hops and Hop-pickers (1883)
Strickland, H. E., General View of … the East Riding of Yorkshire (1812)
Tallerman, D., Markets and Marketing: a Sequel to Farm Produce Realization (1899)
Western, Charles, 1st Baron Western, Lord Western’s Letter to the President and Members of the Chelmsford Agricultural Society, on the State of the Country (1835)
Whitmore, W. W,, A Letter on the Present State and Future Prospects of Agriculture, addressed to the Agriculturists of the County of Salop (1823)

New on LIBRAL in November 2023

Cobbett, William, Cobbett’s Legacy to Labourers; or, what is right which the lords, baronets, and squires have the lands of England? (1835)
Colvile, Charles R., Impediments to Agricultural Improvement (1848)
Courtenay, William (Earl of Devon) [?], Letter from an Irish Proprietor to the Ministers of religion of the District (1847)
Demainbray, Rev. S., The Poor Man’s Best Friend; or, Land to cultivate for his own benefit (1831)
Duncomb, John, General View of … Hereford (1805)
du Breuil, M., The Scientific and Profitable Cutlure of Fruit Trees (1862)
Graham, P. Anderson, The Revival of English Agriculture ([1900])
Green, John Little, The Rural Industries of England ([1895])
Greg, Robert Hyde, Scotch Farming in England (1842)
Handley, Henry, A Letter to Earl Spencer (President of the Smithfield Club) on the formation of a National Agricultural Institution (1838)
Hope, C., George Hope of Fenton Barns, A Sketch of his Life (1881)
Jacob, W., Observations on the Benefits arising from the Cultivation of Poor Soils by the application of Pauper Labour (1828)
Joad, C. E. M. , A Charter for Ramblers, or The Future of the Countryside (1934)
Kennedy, L. and Grainger, T. B., The Present State of the Tenancy of Land in the Highland and Grazing Districts in Great Britain (1829)
Morton, John Chalmers, The Farmer’s Calendar, by Arthur Young (1862) [A: January – June] (1862)
Morton, John Chalmers, The Farmer’s Calendar, by Arthur Young (1862) [B: July – December] (1862)
Murray, Adam, General View of … Warwick (1813)
Smith, William, Practical Guide to Dairying (1900)
The Agricultural Supply Company, The Agricultural Supply Company Illustrated Catalogue (1938)