Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way
The Radstock Museum is mounting an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.
This is one of the best displays of traditional tools I have seen. I learned a great deal and I thought I knew about tools!
If you can get to see the exhibition, it is worth making the effort.There are a huge number of tools to be seen, all set out and shown in their proper context and accompanied by some exceptional wall posters giving the background and history of the trades concerned.
The trades featured are edge-tool making, agriculture, wheelwrighting, coach and wagon making, coopering, millwrighting, bookbinding, plane making, sash window making, clock and watch making, harness and saddle making. The exhibition covers the history of these trades, the way the trades were carried out and the tools that were used.
Jane Rees has curated the exhibiton with help from Nick White and support from Bob Burgess, Charlie and Yvonne Back of Bishops Lydiard Mill, David Schweizer and David and Ian Stanley. They have created an excellent advert for TATHS, for which we should be very grateful.
The exhibition will run from 1st February to 31st May 2017. The Museum's opening hours are 2pm to 5pm. It is closed on Monday except for Bank Holidays. However, if members want to visit out of opening hours, the Museum will do their best to accommodate you if you get in touch with them. Their phone number is 01761 437722 and their website is at www.radstock-museum.co.uk.
You can see more details of the posters in the report on the most recent Wessex Group meeting.