British Society of History of Medicine

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I would be most grateful if you would extend a warm invitation to your members who, as you know, are also BSHM affiliated members.

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If members wish to receive information about the congress and other BSHM events, they can register on our affiliate members mailing list by completing the short form at :

Unfortunately this is a requirement of GDPR . Please emphasise that there is no charge for WSHOMS members  and it takes less than a minute.

The BSHM Congress is held on alternate years at venues throughout the UK. In 2019 the 28th Congress will be held at the M Shed in Bristol and will run from late afternoon on Wednesday 11th September  to lunchtime on Saturday 14th September 2019.

The Congress is open to all.

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

These themes are not exclusive and papers on any history of medicine subject are also welcome.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Mark Harrison (Director, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford)
“Samaritans of the Sea: Duty, Disease and Privation in the Black Sea, 1854-6”

Dr Cherry Lewis (author of “The Enlightened Mr Parkinson”)
“James Parkinson: Medical Educator in the Early 19th Century”

Sir Simon Wessely (Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Kings College, London)
“Shell shock- gone but not forgotten?”

Professor Gareth Williams (Emeritus Professor of  Medicine,  School of Arts, Bristol University)
“Edward Jenner: saint and sinner?”

The Congress will include social events in the evenings and visits on the afternoon of Friday 13th September. There will be an optional meeting for teachers of the history of medicine on the afternoon of Saturday 14th September.

Delegate Rates
The 3 day (early-bird) delegate rate is £195 for BSHM members and £210 for non-members.
Postgraduate students enjoy members’ reduced rates.
Full time undergraduate students enjoy the reduced rate of £15 per day. The number of places at this special rate is limited.

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

Key dates

1st Feb 2019                Early bird registration opens
1st Feb 2019                Abstract submission opens
31st May 2019             Abstract submission closes
30th June 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 further details go to  or contact   0207 223 5618/9485.

Supper Cruise on the Matthew
The Matthew is a modern replica of the ship in which Cabot sailed from Bristol to N America in 1497.
There will be a special Fish and Chip * cruise for BSHM Congress delegates and their guests  on the evening of Thursday 12th September.   N.B. *sausage, vegan and GF options available.
Details and booking is at


Click here for the Link  to website BSHM



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