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What’s it all about?

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.

Postgraduate Workshop   * Announcement *

The BAHS is pleased to announce a Workshop for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Historians, to be held at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 3 May 2017. The Call for Papers PDF icon closes on 31 March.

BAHS publications

Rural History Today issue 32 is now online, with articles about one of the RASE's magnificent paintings, The Agricultural Meeting at Bristol in 1842 (Michael Brandon), the newly refurbished Museum of English Rural Life (Susanna Wade Martins), and Farming in East Kent in 1816 (Lucy Ann Curling). Cover of current issue of Rural History Today
Cover of current Agricultural History Review Agricultural History Review volume 64 part 2, containing articles by David Crouch and Briony McDonagh, Maika de Keyzer and Eline Van Onacker, Vincent Geloso and Alexis Lacombe, Ted Collins, and James Bowen and John Martin, is now available.
View the locations mentioned in Collins’s paper on Edge tool making in Southern England, 1740-1960 in a full screen map. [Opens in a new window or tab.]

Volume 61 is now open-access from this site.


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.


The Library of Irish and British Rural and Agricultural Literature
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.

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.
Brittany cow Image of a Brittany cow from Dairy Stock by John Gamgee (1861), one of the many volumes already in LIBRAL

Work in Progress

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.

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.

Spring Conference 2017    How to get there

Countryside round Plumpton College
The Spring Conference will be held at Plumpton College, near Lewes, Sussex, 3 to 5 April 2017. The programme includes a trip to the Weald and Downland Museum.

Weald and Downland open-air museum

Plumpton College Building

Booking has now closed.

Recent publication

David Hey, The Grass Roots of English History: Local Societies in England before the Industrial Revolution, published by Bloomsbury in May 2016, has been reviewed by Richard Hoyle, who writes: ‘The present book is a summation of David’s approach. What it amounts to is a statement of a distinctive approach to history. It is not economic history. Nor is it history as it is taught in any undergraduate syllabus known to me (which is a statement of regret as well as fact). It is a statement of what pre-modern (both medieval and early modern) local history ought – or perhaps might – be.’ Read more in Reviews in History. Cover of The Grass Roots of English History

There is a 10% discount for buying it online.

Recent publications from Routledge

Agriculture in Capitalist Europe, 1945–1960: From food shortages to food surpluses
, edited by Carin Martiin, Juan Pan-Montojo and Paul Brassley.
Observing Agriculture in Early Twentieth-Century Italy: Agricultural economists and statistics, by Federico D’Onofrio.

Transforming the Countryside: The Electrification of Rural Britain, edited by Paul Brassley, Jeremy Burchardt, Karen Sayer.

Property Rights in Land: Issues in social, economic and global history, edited by Rosa Congost, Jorge Gelman, Rui Santos (eds).

The Farmer in England, 1650–1980, edited by Richard W. Hoyle, is now available in paperback or as an ebook.

Coming soon

University of Hertfordshire Press announces the forthcoming publication of The World of the Small Farmer: Tenure, profit and politics in the early-modern Somerset Levels, by Patricia Coot, the latest volume in the Studies in Regional and Local History series.

‘This is a substantial, innovative and thought-provoking contribution to the history of agrarian development, regional history and the lives and choices of ordinary people in a decisive and tumultuous period of England’s past.’

Cover of the World of the Small Farmer

– Professor Henry French, University of Exeter


The Royal Historical Society is holding a conference on Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland, on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Augustine Church, Edinburgh.
A new IHR seminar series on Food History has been announced. We will post details of the programme when it has been finalised.
Rural History 2017, the Third conference of EurHO, will be held in Leuven, Belgium, 11-14 September.

Rural History 2017

The call for papers is now closed.
NUI Galway

The Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters and the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class are delighted to announce that their conference, Agrarian Reform and Resistance in an ‘Age of Globalization’: The Euro-American World, 1815-1914 will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, 2-3 June, 2017. The call for papers is now closed.