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Rural Policy Aftr Brexit

A one-day conference on
‘Farming and the Nation: historical perspectives for rural policy after Brexit’
will be held at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL on Friday 3 November.

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New editor for Rural History Today

Rural History Today, our bi-annual magazine, has a new editor, Dr Rebecca Ford.
Rebecca is an historical / cultural geographer. She is keen to widen the content of Rural History Today and expand its range of contributors, so that it reflects the ‘Today’ in the publication’s title as much as the ‘History’. Rebecca is looking forward to receiving features on scholarly research, historical perspectives on contemporary rural life, interviews, exhibitions, book reviews and conference reports. Rebecca Ford

The deadline for the next issue is 8 December. Contact the editor.
The Society is grateful to Susanna Wade Martins for editing the periodical for many years.

F.M.L. Thompson, 1925-2017

It is with great sadness that the Society announces the death of Professor F. M. L. (Michael) Thompson on 23 August at the age of 92. The Society offers its condolences to his widow, Anne and to his family.

Read about Michael’s contribution to Agricultural History and to the Society here.

About the BAHS

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. More...

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BAHS forums

Do have a look at BAHS forums, where you can ask questions or start discussions on any subject related to agricultural history and the history of rural economy and society. Even if you don't have a question in mind right now you might be the one person able to answer one of the questions that are there! So please register now and subscribe to the ‘Agricultural history’ forum so that you will be notified by email about any new posts.

Latest BAHS publications

Cover of current issue of Rural History Today

Cover of current Agricultural History Review
Rural History Today issue 33 is now online, with articles by John Broad on Little Londons, Jean Ila Currie on Walsopthorne Farm in Herefordshire and Gavin Bowie on grain harvesting and drying; the deadline for copy for the February edition is 8 December.

Agricultural History Review volume 65 part 1 is available online and in print. It contains articles by Jordan Claridge, Hugo La Poutré, Frances Richardson, Elizabeth Ritchie, Marten Seppel, and Dries Claeys.

Calls for papers

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain logo   Announcing the call for papers for the SAHGB Annual Symposium 2018 on The Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War, to be held at the IHR, Senate House, London, 9 June 2018, deadline 30 October.


Announcing the call for papers for a session on ‘Feeding the City’ at the 14th International Conference on Urban History, to be held in Rome from 29 August to 1 September 2018, deadline 5 October 2017.

Harper Adams LogoAnnouncing the call for papers for a two-day conference on Rural Research to be held on 17-18 April 2018, which is being organised by the Rural Land Management team at Harper Adams University. Refereed or informal papers are sought from academics, research students and practitioners, across a range of subject areas pertinent to the rural environment and property including History, deadline 27 October 2017.

Chatsworth house painting Announcing the call for papers for a two-day conference on ‘Powering the Power House: New Perspectives on Country House Communities’ to be held on 25-26 June 2018 at the University of Sheffield and Chatsworth House (one day each), deadline 27 October 2017.

Announcing the call for papers for a workshopPDF on ‘Changing the Earth’s (Sur-)Face. Adjusting Nature to Human Needs’ to be held on 23-25 May 2018, Wuppertal, Germany, deadline 3 November 2017.

IEHCA Announcing the call for papers for the fourth edition of IEHCA’s annual international convention on Food History and Food Studies, to be held on 7-8 June 2018 in Tours (France), deadline 15 November 2017.

Winter Conference 2017

The Politics  of the  Countryside from the fourteenth to the twentieth century

The society's Winter Conference will be held at the Institute for Historical Research, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU in Wolfson Room I on Saturday 2 December

Coffee will be served from the slightly earlier time of 10.00, to enable us to present a Round Table as well as the usual four papers.

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New Boydell & Brewer Series

Boydell & Brewer, the leading independent publisher of academic works in History and the Humanities, announces the launch of a new series, Boydell Studies in Rural History, under the editorship of Professor Richard Hoyle.
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Recent publications

Palgrave Macmillan announces the publication of Working the Land: A History of the Farmworker in England from 1850 to the Present Day, by Nicola Verdon. This book offers a new history of the farmworker in England from 1850 to the present day. It focuses on the paid worker, considering how the experiences of farm work were shaped by gender, age and region.

Both of the editors of Agricultural History Review have new publications out this month:
Cover of Famine in European History Cambridge University Press announces the publication of Famine in European History, edited by Guido Alfani and Cormac Ó Gráda, which includes a chapter on famine in Britain by Richard Hoyle. ‘A seminal exercise in historical comparison which places Europe’s many own grim encounters with death-dealing famine in a wholly new perspective’ – Bruce M. S. Campbell.

To get a discount on the price, use the discount code at the bottom of this flier.
Routledge announces the publication of Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830, by Briony McDonagh. A ‘highly original book [which] provides an explicitly feminist historical geography of the eighteenth-century English rural landscape’. Cover of Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830

Images from Rural History 2017

The EuRHO conference, Rural History 2017, was held in Leuven, Belgium in September and many members of the BAHS gave papers there. Some of them are to be seen in pictures in this photo gallery.

Leuven conference reception

Publicity leaflet

The Society has a publicity leaflet. If you would like copies of the leaflet to distribute to potential members, or to leave at a location likely to be frequented by potential members, please contact us.

Funding opportunities

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.


The Society for Landscape Studies is holding their autumn conference, ‘From the Cotswolds to the Chilterns: The historic landscapes of Oxfordshire’, on Saturday 21 October 2017 at Anne’s College, Oxford. Book your place now.
The New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017 will be held from Friday 27 October through to Saturday 28 October 2017 at the Lyndhurst Community Centre. Come and hear about the archaeological and historical research being carried out in and around the New Forest.


It’s so easy 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.

Work in Progress

The Work in Progress list, formerly published in Agricultural History Review, is now nearly 90 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 contacts being made with them as a result of their entry here, making it a valuable resource.


The LIBrary of Rural and Agricultural Literature

This is an open-access digital resource for rural historians.
Version 1.0 was a first step to creating this resource for rural historians: a catalogue of 18th- and 19th-century literature on agricultural topics that had already been digitised and were available on a variety of Web sites. This was done in 2014. Version 2.0 appeared earlier in 2017 and includes 200 titles all uploaded to a single site with its own search facility. We are now working with TannerRitchie Publishing to use their MEMSOshell platform to provide a better service (faster download times, among many other benefits). This will soon be available as Version 3.0.