The Sorby Natural History Society, Sheffield

Covering a full range of natural history interests in Sheffield and the surrounding area, providing for both interested beginners and specialists.

About Us

The Sorby Natural History Society covers a full range of natural history interests in Sheffield and the surrounding area.

The Sorby Natural History Society's Study and Recording Area.

The Sorby Natural History Society’s Study and Recording Area.

 

Providing for both interested beginners and specialists, the Society…

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Our History

The Society was formed in 1918 as an amalgamation of the Sheffield Naturalists’ Club, the Sheffield Microscopical Society and the Junior Naturalists’ Club. It was originally named The Sorby Scientific Society in honour of Sheffield’s greatest scientist Henry Clifton Sorby (1826 – 1908), but this name was changed in 1932 to The Sorby Natural History Society. It is hardly surprising that the founders of the Society felt that Sorby’s name would be an appropriate title for the new body, particularly in view of the fact that microscopical studies formed part of its activities. Over eighty years later the Society is still very active studying all branches of natural history (including microscopy and geology) within the City of Sheffield and around it, organising lectures, field trips and scientific surveys and producing a wide variety of publications. The Society is proud to bear Sorby’s name and honours his memory as a great scientist.

For more information, check the The History of the Sorby Natural History Society (1918 to 1954).

Membership

To join The Sorby Natural History Society, see our membership page.