The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science
A society to promote, popularise and contribute to the study of European, Islamic, and Asian technology and science of the Middle Ages.

History of the Society

The society was founded in 1987 under the aegis of Alistair Crombie, its first President, with the aim of promoting, popularising and contributing to the study of the technology and science of the Middle Ages (European, Islamic, and Asian).

Since its inception SHMTS has had the following officers:

Presidents: Alistair Crombie, Francis Maddison, Geoffrey Hindley, Emilie Savage-Smith.

Secretaries: Geoffrey Hindley, Emilie Savage-Smith, G. M. Helms, S. Ackermann and S. Worthen.

Treasurers: Hans Georg Schneider, Willem Hackmann, Julia M Cresswell.

Activities and affiliations

The Society meets for talks three times a year in Oxford.

In addition to those regular talks, it holds an occasional conference or colloquium organised jointly with bodies having similar interests. These have comprised a collaboration with The Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford for a colloquium on early musical instruments; a day-long conference in conjunction with the Molinological Society on wind and water power during the Middle Ages, and a colloquium on Islamic science and technology with the Warburg Institute that was held in memoriam Donald Hill whom the SHMTS was proud to number amongst its members, and in October of 1997 a colloquium was held at Imperial College in memoriam two of the Society's founding members: Alistair Crombie and Jean Gimpel. In October 2003, a day-long meeting was held on Early Metallurgy in conjunction with the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. In October 2007 a one-day symposium was held on Metals and Money in the Middle Ages. In 2013, a daylong seminar of papers was held on Late Medieval and Early Modern Banqueting, Food and Music.

The Society is affiliated to AVISTA in the United States and to the Association de Villard de Honnecourt in France.