The Historical Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.
- The Group exists to encourage an interest in the history of chemistry and chemical industry among members of the RSC and others.
- The Group maintains contact with the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC), and with the historical groups of the Institute of Physics (IoP), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the European Chemical Society (EuChemS).
- The Group holds twice-yearly meetings when academic papers are presented and discussed (see Forthcoming Events link)
- The Group publishes a twice-yearly newsletter which includes short articles on the history of chemistry, book reviews and reports of its meetings, in addition to news items and information on future events
- The Group also publishes other publications, primarily a series of Occasional Papers; edited texts of lectures on the history of chemistry.
- The next Historical Group event will be a meeting on Women in Chemistry held at Burlington House, London, on 13 October 2022
- The Group has been organising an Online Lecture Series. To watch the recorded videos, please visit our playlist on the RSC YouTube channel
How to Join
RSC members can join the Historical Group by updating their details in the “My communities and subscriptions” tab of the online RSC membership area. Please click here to login and add to your list of Interest Groups.
Keeping in Touch
The Group issues e-alerts which give links to group events and recently published newsletters and other publications.
The Group publishes a twice yearly newsletter which includes short articles on the history of chemistry, book reviews and reports of its meetings, in addition to news items and information on future events.
Hardcopy newsletters are available to a minority of members who have requested them.
Members who do not think that they are receiving the communications they expect, or who thinks that their membership of the group may have lapsed should contact the Membership Department.
Information about The Wheeler Bequest Award.
View the Historical Group newsletters.
View the Historical Group other publications.
Forthcoming events organised by the Historical Group.
Contact the Secretary
For further information on the Historical Group you can contact the Secretary, Professor John Nicholson CChem FRSC.
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Dr Peter Morris FRSC
Professor John Nicholson EurChem CSci CChem FRSCContact the secretary
Mr Stanley Langer BSc CChem MRSC