Congress Information and Key Dates

The BSHM Congress is held on alternate years at venues throughout the UK. In 2019 the Congress will be held at the M Shed in Bristol and will run from Wednesday 11th September  to Saturday 14th September 2019.

Anyone is welcome to attend but only registered delegates may present a paper or poster. BSHM members and members of BSHM affiliated societies enjoy discounted delegate rates.

The conference has 4 main themes: –
History of Medicine at Sea
History of Medicine in the West of England
History of Health Care Education
History of Mental Illness and Mental Disability

Papers and posters on any history of medicine subject are also welcome for the general sessions.

Keynote speakers: Professor Mark Harrison, Professor Gareth Williams,  Dr Cherry Lewis and Sir Simon Wessely.

Full time students (undergraduate and post grad) may be eligible for substantially reduced delegate fees.

John Blair Trust   There is a prize of £150 for the best  paper and £150 for the best poster by  undergraduate students of medicine or of allied sciences.

Key dates

1st Jan 2019                 Call for abstracts

1st Feb 2019                Early bird registration opens

1st Feb 2019                Abstract submission opens

31st May 2019             Abstract submission closes

7th July  2019               Authors notified about paper acceptance

14th July 2019              Early bird registration closes

15th July 2019              Standard registration opens

For registration click here

If you register with conftool you will receive up to date information about the Congress and you will be able to book to attend as a delegate and submit an abstract.

For  travel and accommodation click here

Bristol Visitor Information
Bristol has many visitor attractions, which are described at

Pre-Congress Tour
Jon Baines Tours are organising a pre-congress tour of Bristol and the South West looking at the fascinating history of the area including the history of medicine, maritime history and local history.
The tour will explore Bristol,  Bath and the surrounding countryside.
It will start on Monday 9th September and end at lunch time on the 11th September in time for the British Society for the History of Medicine Congress.
For enquiries please contact or 0207 223 5618/9485.