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Register now for our 2024 Spring Conference!

We are pleased to announce that our Spring Conference will take place at the University of Nottingham from the morning of Friday 12th April to the afternoon of Saturday 13th April. We have a wide-ranging programme and registration via Eventbrite is now open.

University of Nottingham Jubilee Conference Centre

National Farm Survey records being digitized

We have heard that the National Archives are digitizing the National Farm Survey (MAF 32 and MAF 73), funded by a grant of £2.13 million from Lund Trust. This is super resource for historians of farming in England and Wales in the Second World War. More details...

Now out in paperback

The Real Agricultural Revolution

WINNER of the British Agricultural History Society's 2022 Thirsk Prize, and WINNER of the 2022 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award, The Real Agricultural Revolution:
The Transformation of English Farming, 1939-1985
, by Paul Brassley, Michael Winter, Matt Lobley and David Harvey, is now available in paperback [... more]

The Real Agricultural Revolution

New Publications

Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority

Cambridge University Press has published Spike Gibbs's Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Providing a new narrative of how local authority and social structures adapted in response to the decline of lordship and the process of state formation [... more]

The author is Secretary of the British Agricultural History Society.

William Wilshere’s Hitchin farm and garden, 1809–1824

The Hertfordshire Record Society is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XXXIX, William Wilshere’s Hitchin farm and garden, 1809–1824, edited by Bridget Howlett, with an Introduction by Bridgett Howlett and Tom Williamson.

William Wilshere (1754-1824) was a Hitchin lawyer and in his later years, farmer [... more]

Volume XXXIX, William Wilshere’s Hitchin farm and garden, 1809-1824

The volume is available to non-members from the Hertfordshire Record Society web site for £22.


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It’s easy to join the BAHS and by doing so you will be supporting the work of the Society in promoting rural history.

Membership is £30 a year or £10 for students or registered unemployed. More details, including overseas membership...


The Online LIBrary of Rural and Agricultural Literature now comprises nearly 1250 digitized items, classified into more than 200 categories. The LIBRAL Gateway enables you to exploit this classification to find literature you didn’t know existed. And once you have entered the library itself, you can use its magnificent full-text search capability.


The centrepiece of this month’s circulation is three second-generation General Views, Aiton on Ayr (1811) – which is perhaps one of the largest of all the General Views and has certainly been a test – Pitt on Stafford (1808) and Strickland on the East Riding (1812). This advances us some distance towards achieving a comprehensive coverage of this most important literature.

East Riding 

The other additions to LIBRAL are as random as ever: Long on The Small Farm (1901), a new scan of Dampier-Whetham’s Politics of the Land (1927) which replaces the unsatisfactory one previously on LIBRAL and two Second World War pamphlets on tractors and tractor ploughing (1940-1). This month’s bonus is a seed catalogue of 1901 from a firm that evidently specialised in root vegetables.

The Farm Tractor   Trade Catalogue of Agricultural Seeds 

We have also added further volumes from The Perkins Library at Southampton including two works on hops and two on the Rinderpest epidemic of 1865.

Rinderpest in Aberdeenshire   Hops and Hopping 

As always, do tell us what you find useful and what you would like us to add.


Some of the books we have scanned for LIBRAL are available for purchase. Other than raising some money, we need to make room for more books. We make no great claims for the quality of the books – they are strictly working copies – but if there is anything you would like to have for a modest price, do get in touch.


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Agricultural History Forum

Apparatus for lifting hay

This image started a discussion on our Agricultural History Forum, although we still don’t have a name for it. The forum is the place where anyone can ask questions or start discussions on any subject related to agricultural history and the history of rural economy and society. We’ve noticed that far more people have signed up to receive our newsletters than have signed up for the BAHS forums. Some of you are missing out on some interesting discussions, and the world is missing out on a huge pool of rural history knowledge. We would really appreciate it if more of you could sign up and be ready to join in the discussions! You can register here.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress is a list of researchers working in the field of agricultural history and the history of rural economy and society – and related disciplines. Researchers listed here have reported contacts being made with them as a result of their entry, making it a valuable resource. We made the word art below from keywords used by researchers in their entries.

Word cloud for WIP keywords

If you don’t already have an entry in the list please use the form to let us know your research interests, period and regions of interest. If you already have an entry, please check that it’s up to date and use the form to update it.