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19 May 2022
Our apologies: the closing date for the book launch of 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, is today, 19 May, as the event is tomorrow, 20 May, at 19:00, in the Great Hall, Thoresby College, King’s Lynn, PE30 1HX.
Register for the Book Launch
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.
 

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:
 
Agricultural Magazine (April 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (August 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (December 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (February 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (January 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (July 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (June 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (March 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (May 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (November 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (October 1855)
Agricultural Magazine (September 1855)
Agriculture, 60, Index (March 1954)
Agriculture, 60.1 (April 1953)
Agriculture, 60.10 (January 1954)
Agriculture, 60.11 (February 1954)
Agriculture, 60.12 (March 1954)
Agriculture, 60.2 (May 1953)
Agriculture, 60.3 (June 1953)
Agriculture, 60.4 (July 1953)
Agriculture, 60.5 (August 1953)
Agriculture, 60.6 (September 1953)
Agriculture, 60.7 (October 1953)
Agriculture, 60.8 (November 1953)
Agriculture, 60.9 (December 1953)
Agriculture, 63.1 (April 1956)
Agriculture, 63.2 (May 1956)
Agriculture, 63.3 (June 1956)
Agriculture, 63.4 (July 1956)
Agriculture, 63.5 (August 1956)
Agriculture, 63.6 (September 1956)
Bond, J. R., British Farmers in Denmark (1928)
Dean, G. A., The Land Steward (1851)
Hine, H. J. , Tractors on the Farm: their use and maintenance (1942)
Jawetz, Michael B., Economic Organisation and Results of the Main Types of Welsh Farm, 1960-1965 and 1964-1965 (n.d.)
Lloyd, F. J. , Report on the Results of Investigations into Cheddar Cheese-making (1899)
Mason, H. J., An Introduction to the Black Fens (1973)
McConnell, Primrose, Farm Equipment, Buildings and Machinery: a Practical Handbook (1910)
Nesbit, J. C., On Agricultural Chemistry, and the Nature and Properties of Peruvian Guano (1856)
Oldershaw, A. W. and Punter, A. W., Suggestions as to Suitable Manures for the Common Farm Crops (n.d. [c.1935])
Young, Arthur, General View ... of Lincoln (1799)
You can read more about the items added on the BAHS home page, or in the recent LIBRAL newsletter.  And all back issues of the LIBRAL Newsletter are available here.
Sign up for LIBRAL
Why not join the BAHS?
Membership is very good value: you will receive two issues of Agricultural History Review per year, and two issues of Rural History Today.

You will also be supporting all our other activities: these newsletters, our web site, and LIBRAL, our online LIBrary of Rural and Agricultural Literature, which now contains nearly 1000 items.

We are entirely dependent on members’ subscriptions to continue this work. For membership details see our web site.
Join the BAHS
Best wishes
Spike Gibbs
Secretary, British Agricultural History Society
secretary@bahs.org.uk
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