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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.

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

Latest BAHS publications

Cover of current issue of Rural History Today

Rural History Today issue 35 is available online, and the next issue will be available in February.
Agricultural History Review Volume 66 part 2 is now available online.

Cover of current Agricultural History Review

Subscription renewals

Please note that, effective from 11 May 2018, new rates will apply to individual subscriptions to the Society. It is many years (the last increase was in 2009) since the BAHS last put up its individual subscription rates, and since then print, postage and publication costs have risen to the point where the subscription no longer covers our basic operating expenses. At the same time, the Society has increased the size of Agricultural History Review, continued to publish Rural History Today, and expanded the range of its activities, including, most recently, the email newsletter, online forums and LIBRAL.

The Executive Committee has therefore reluctantly taken the decision, endorsed by the 2018 AGM, to increase the individual UK subscription rate from £20 to £30. The concessionary rate rises from £5 to £15. We have also made other changes. There will now be a single subscription rate for overseas members, of £42, reflecting the difference in postage between the UK and all overseas countries. We have also introduced a joint subscription for the same price as an individual subscription, for two or more persons at the same address receiving a single copy of each publication.

If you pay by PayPal, you should have received a personalised version of this letter. You need not take any action until advised by the Society.

If you pay by standing order on 1 February, please amend your standing order, as described on the membership page.

email newsletter

Do you have trouble remembering to look at this web site? Would you like a reminder now and again? We plan to send out email newsletters about once a month (on average) when the content on the web site changes. We promise not to bombard you with spam, and you can un-subscribe whenever you like, from a link at the bottom of each newsletter.

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.

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.

Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize

It is time to get your entry in for the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize. Books on British or Irish Rural or Agrarian History published in 2018 are eligible and the deadline is 10 January 2019. Full terms and conditions and details of how to apply [PDF]. The prize will be presented at the BAHS Spring Conference in Nottingham, 8 to 10 April 2019. Joan Thirsk

Spring Conference

‘Historical Perspectives on Rural Economies, Societies, Landscapes and Environment’

Jubilee Conference Centre

The BAHS Spring Conference 2019 will be held at the Jubilee Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, 8 to 10 April. We have a packed programme, and booking opens on 1 February.

Ford Lectures

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The BAHS is pleased to hear that Professor Mark Bailey (University of East Anglia) will be giving the Ford Lectures 2019. His theme is After the Black Death: Society, economy and the law in fourteenth-century England. Full details.


The online LIBrary of Rural and Agricultural Literature now has over 400 digitized items uploaded to it, including the recently added 65 volumes of Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (1839 to 1914), 220 Board of Agriculture leaflets, 20 MAF bulletins and many other individual titles. To browse the collection sign up for LIBRAL here.

We continue to digitize new items and add them to the library, and to work with TannerRitchie Publishing to improve their MEMSOshell platform that hosts it. We welcome your suggestions for titles you’d like us to add and any other improvements you’d like to see.

(The LIBRAL 2.0 site has now closed, superceded by LIBRAL 3.0.)

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.

Work in Progress

If you don't already have an entry in the list do fill in the online form to create one. If you already have an entry, do check that it’s up to date and contact the Web Weaver to amend it. Researchers listed here have reported contacts being made with them as a result of their entry, making it a valuable resource.

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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Bursary Announcement

The Richard Jefferies Society has established a bursary to support work on Jefferies or related topics: highly suitable for agricultural history applicants.