About CNHS

Cambridge Natural History Society was founded in 1857 as Cambridge Entomological Society. See ‘Our History‘ for more about how it was formed and about its archives.

It is an unincorporated association run by a Council of about 16 active members. The Council normally meets three times a year, in January, April and September and there is often a Conversazione planning meeting. 

If you have items that you think we should discuss at Council meetings, please contact the President. 


CNHS Rules The Society’s Rules were last updated in April 2012.

It is open to everyone interested in Natural History, regardless of whether they are ‘Town’ or ‘Gown’, academic, professional or just enthusiastic.

Benefits of membership

Key contacts

President: Duncan Mackay
Vice-Presidents: Jonathan Shanklin, Kevin Hand
Treasurer: Simon Mentha
Secretary & Publicity Officer: VACANT
Acting Programme Secretary: Monica Frisch
Membership Secretary: Hilary Pounsett
Botanical Recorder: Charles Turner
General Recorder: Jonathan Shanklin
Zoological Recorder: Toby Carter
Archivists: Monica Frisch and Henry Tribe
Council members: Harriet Allen, Sandra Chapman, Richard Dowsett, Anita Joysey, Paul Mardon, John O’Boyle

AGM reports

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Treasurer’s Report June 2020
General Secretary’s Report June 2020
Publicity Secretary’s Report June 2020
Programme Secretary’s Report June 2020