Since the last newsletter we've held our annual Spring Conference. We had over 100 registrations for the conference, which was held via Zoom. We enjoyed a variety of interesting talks, which examined both the British Isles and the wider world, and focused on a wide range of themes from imperial scientific networks to the reclamation of Exmoor.
At the conference Professor Clare Griffiths presented the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize for the best book on British or Irish Rural or Agrarian History published in 2021. The prize was awarded to Paul Brassley, David Harvey, Matt Lobley, and Michael Winter, for their book, The real Agricultural Revolution: The transformation of English farming, 1939–1985, published by The Boydell Press. Read more about this on our web site.
At the AGM, Professor Nicola Verdon was elected President, Dr Alex 'Spike' Gibbs as Secretary, and Professor Karen Sayer as Chair of the Executive Committee. You can see a full list of the officers and executive committee on the web site.
Where are the Fellows who cut the Hay?
by Robert Ashton
BAHS member Robert Ashton has taken an interesting approach to publishing his new book inspired by George Ewart Evans' Ask the Fellows who Cut the Hay. He is crowd-funding its publication, and there are a number of tempting offers on his web site.
This is an opportunity to support the publication of material that will be useful for both current and future historians. Read more on our web site.
You have until 19 June to register for the book launch for the latest title in UH Press’s Studies in Regional and Local History series, Managing for Posterity: The Norfolk Gentry and their Estates, c.1450–1700 by Elizabeth Griffiths. Details on our web site.
New on LIBRAL, the Library of Rural and Agricultural Literature
When you click on the LIBRAL link in the BAHS web site navigation, you will notice that we have redesigned the LIBRAL Gateway. The Gateway now works much better on narrow screens such as mobile phones, but its main advantage is that you can now filter the list on multiple criteria. Filtering is increasingly useful as we now have nearly 1100 items. In April we added the usual eclectic mixture: