The British Society for the History of Mathematics exists:
- to promote and encourage research in the history of mathematics and the dissemination of the results of such research;
- to promote and develop for the public benefit, awareness, knowledge, study and teaching of the history of mathematics;
- to promote the use of the history of mathematics at all levels in mathematics education in order to enhance the teaching of mathematics for the public benefit.
The BSHM is a friendly, welcoming society and is open to all with an interest in the history of mathematics. The membership of the BSHM includes people from many backgrounds: researchers, teachers from primary level to university, students of the history of mathematics or science, and those who have a general interest in cultural history. About a third of the membership is from outside the UK.