On behalf of the History of Statistics Section, John Aldrich of the University of Southampton organised a session at the RSS Conference. The session was chaired by the section's committee member, Alison Macfarlane.
In 1919 the agricultural station at Rothamsted recruited Ronald Fisher (1890-1962) to analyse historic data on crop yields. For him, it was the beginning of a spectacular career and for Rothamsted, the beginning of a statistics department which became a force in world statistics. The session considered what the appointment did for Fisher and what Rothamsted did, and goes on doing, for statistics.