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Find out more about the history of the British Science Association

The proceedings from each annual meeting from 1831 - 1938 are published in bound volumes. The British Science Association holds a full set of these at our office in London; there are also copies at the British Library and at other copyright libraries throughout the UK. The proceedings contain transcripts of each paper given and reports from various committees.

After 1938 the records of the British Science Association annual meetings are less complete. Photocopies of the Festival programmes from 1952 to present day are available. Contact our Head Office for any enquiries relating to the British Science Association's history.

The British Science Association’s archive is held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This is an administrative history of the association and contains minutes, reports and correspondence. It is possible to arrange a visit to look through the archives; the librarian is not able to do extensive research on other peoples’ behalf.

There are a number of publications on the British Science Association’s history including;
The British Association: A Retrospect by O J R Howarth.The first edition, published in 1922 covers the years 1831-1922; a second edition published to coincide with the British Science Association’s centenary in 1931 covers the hundred years from 1831-1931.

To mark the sesquicentenary in 1981, two books were published: The Parliament of Science, Editors Roy Macleod and Peter Collins, Science Reviews Ltd, London; and Gentlemen of Science, Jack Morrell and Arnold Thackeray, Oxford.