About us

The aim of the BSHM is to promote the study, teaching and research of medical history in the UK.

General Information

The BSHM is an umbrella organisation bringing together medical history societies and organisations from across the UK, some with a regional and others with a specialist interest.
For a modest membership fee, affiliated societies and individual members enjoy a number of benefits which include:

  • All society members become affiliated to the BSHM. They may attend and present papers and or posters at its Congress and attend the Poynter event.
  • The Congress and the Poynter event take place in alternate years. They are held at venues throughout the UK.
  • All affiliated societies are represented on the Officers and Representatives Committee (ORC) of the BSHM. This committee and its elected officers run the affairs of the society including the organisation of the biennial congress.
  • The BSHM disseminates information about forthcoming medical history events.  ORC representatives receive regular information on meetings and lectures that may be of interest to individual societies.
  • The BSHM website provides publicity for individual affiliated societies.
  • Through its international representation, the BSHM influences affairs of the International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM). Affiliated societies receive information on ISHM meetings. 

To download an application form for BSHM Museum and Affiliate Society membership click here

To download an application form for BSHM Individual membership click here

An interview about the BSHM with our past President Iain Macintyre  and an article about  Douglas Guthrie, our first President, are available here.

Fig 3. BSHM President medal_comp