The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC), founded in 1935, has a long-standing tradition in the fields of alchemy and chemistry, organising colloquia, publications and promoting the interdisciplinary study of the field from its early beginnings to the present. It brings together more than 250 members in 28 countries.
Meetings: SHAC arranges regular events and meetings, usually twice a year, whose cost is subsidised for students. It maintains close contacts with other institutions such as The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, USA.
Ambix: Members also receive the Society’s journal Ambix which is published by Maney Publishing and now appears four times a year. Ambix is one of the leading scholarly journals in the field of the history of alchemy and chemistry, publishing articles and book reviews which provide an incomparable overview of work in the subject.
Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry: Beginning in 2013, the Society is launching a new series of monograph-length supplements, Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry. This series will provide critical editions and English translations of some of the foundational texts in the history of alchemy and early chemistry: sources that have previously been inaccessible to the majority of scholars owing to a lack of modern editions.
News & Newsletter: Our newsletter, Chemical Intelligence, offers a forum for advertising forthcoming events, both within the United Kingdom and internationally and the website provides a portal to resources related to the history of alchemy and chemistry.
Young Scholars: The Society welcomes student members and has set up the Graduate Network to bring together and support students in the field. There is a reduced subscription rate for student members.
Discounts: Members of SHAC receive substantial discounts on two journals published by Taylor and Francis books and journals, Annals of Science and History and Philosophy of Logic. For details click on either of these links, and then on ‘Subscribe’. See also Taylor and Francis’ conditions attached to this offer.
To join the Society please download, complete and return the 2013-2014 Application Form, and then pay the appropriate subscription. For information on Subscription rates and methods of payment, click here.
The Society also offers Corporate Membership, to enable the staff of eligible organisations to become full members of the Society at a much reduced rate. To find out more about eligibility for Corporate Membership and the benefits, click here. To apply for Corporate Membership, please download our Corporate Membership Application Form.
For all membership questions, please contact:
SHAC Honorary Treasurer
19 Nethercote Road