Good news and a little bit of admin.

After a bit of extra work that nobody wanted, the popular Members-Only section of the site is back online. Hooray!

In it, we put documents about the conduct of the society, the list of members, and a selection of really useful and interesting historic publications for free download. To get to it, you need to be

  • a paid-up member of the society, and
  • have registered as a user of the website, and
  • been checked as a member to have your account turned on.

Registration is as easy as we can make it - you just need your usual name, a username (nickname), an email address and a password of your own choice.

This appeal to all TATHS members is directed at your pockets, and we hope, also to your sense of history.

Once again, the Annual TATHS Conference was a memorable and enjoyable weekend for all the members who were able to attend.

The venue was the splendid Black Country Living Museum, which has so much to see - including a coal mine, lime kilns, live steam, trams, canal boats, and many buildings and workshops from the time when the Midlands were the source of so many useful articles.

Many people will have heard of Ron Geesin through his music. He has had a long and varied career as a performer and composer - some of his best-known work was music for the films The Body and Sunday Bloody Sunday. He also co-composed Pink Floyd’s first ‘gold’ album Atom Heart Mother. More recently he has been a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, working on the relationship between light and sound.

What is possibly less well known is that having been a member of TATHS for many years, he is also a dedicated collector of adjustable spanners.

TATHS member Peter Young has finished his book about the famous York planemaker John Green and it is now available to buy.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a new volunteer editor for the newsletter, Richard Smith.

Richard will be pleased to receive articles and correspondence for the newsletter. These can be sent to him by email at news@taths.org.uk or by post to him at his business:

Richard Smith
Studio 7 Music Repairs
6 Leonard Lane
Bristol    BS1 1EA.

Please contact Richard immediately if you have material that you would like to appear in the Autumn issue.

Brian Read will still be handling "whatsits" and can be reached on queries@taths.org.uk.