Privacy Policy

This is the privacy policy for the British Society for the History of Medicine (BSHM).
We are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring the confidentiality of the personal information we collect.


This privacy notice sets out the way we process your information and details our privacy policy. We’ll keep this policy updated on our webpage to show you all the things we do with your personal information so that you can be confident when sharing your information with us that it will be only used for what we say here.

How we use personal information

Personal information provided to us will be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection or registration in accordance with the preferences you express.

Personal data collected and processed by us may be used for the following purposes:

  • Administration of membership(s).
  • Fulfilment of orders for services requested.
  • Research and statistical analysis.
  • Communication about our educational, membership and other activities that we think may be of interest to you.

Personal data collected and processed by us will not be shared with third parties.

You are always in control of how we communicate with you.
You can update your choices by contacting

Your marketing permissions

The BSHM will uphold your choices about what type of communications you want to receive and how you want to receive them. However, there are some communications that need to happen regardless of your marketing preferences. These are what we would describe as essential communications to fulfil our promises to you as a member of the BSHM. Examples of this type of communication would be:

Transaction notification messaging, such as Payments of conference registration fees
Membership related mailings such as your renewal reminder


We will retain your personal information for as long as you have an active relationship with the BSHM.


When we request your consent, we will ensure always that you are as fully informed as possible at the time on what we do with your personal information. This is in line with the requirements of the current Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation.

Updating and amending your personal information.

If, at any time, you want to update or amend your personal data or preferences please email


A cookie is a small file downloaded on to the hard drive of a computer or mobile device when the user logs on to a website. It is important for us to be able to include your visit in our statistics. By continuing to use the website without changing settings, you are agreeing to our use of these cookies.

To find out more general information on cookies, and how to control or delete them, please go to or

Links to third party websites

This privacy policy applies solely to the personal data collected by the BSHM and does not apply to third party websites and services that are not under our control.

We cannot be held responsible for the privacy policies of third party websites and we advise users to read the privacy policies of other websites before registering any personal data.

Data security

The BSHM will use all reasonable means to safeguard and secure the personal information we collect.

We do use external ‘data processors’ to manage ticket purchases and hold email mailing lists.  All of our data processors are obliged to keep your personal data safe and secure in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.

What this privacy notice tells you and how it is updated

This privacy notice will hold the latest information regarding our privacy policy. The notice will be updated from time to time to reflect any relevant changes in legislation or related good practice.  This privacy notice was last updated in May 2018.