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amberley hall 1The Tools and Trades History Society is an educational charity, whose aim is to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades in which they were used.


TATHS Facebook

More changes to the website.

There are lots of interesting and exciting posts on the TATHS Facebook page, including a fascinating series of articles by Richard Arnold on the Seaton Chest tools.  We know that many of you are wary of social media so we have been trying to find a way to link the two sites so that everyone can share the information.

For the next month therefore, we are running a link to our Facebook site from the bottom right of the Home Page. It is a bit "clunky" and awkward, but it will give you a window into Facebook without having to log on yourself.  

Try it and let me know what you think. 


Bob Evans






The TATHS website is full of fascinating material and is growing rapidly. As the new webmaster, I am continually amazed at how much content we have and what a wonderful source of information it represents. The problem is finding it all!

I am starting to make a few changes to the structure of the website. Those of you who visit regularly may find some of your favourite locations have moved around a bit  and I apologise for any confusion. I hope it is all for the best.   

As a start I have created a new top level menu called Reading to hold the growing amount of content we are making available to visitors to the site. You can find it at the right hand side of the blue menu bar above. It provides access to the TATHS free e-books, edited by Andy Tuckwell (to whom many thanks), to the publicly available downloads and to other Societies' periodicals. I expect other categories to follow shortly so keep watching this space!

Regular visitors will also see that I have moved the section on Queries from the Tools and Trades menu and given it a separate heading on the top menu. This is one of the most active (and interesting) sections of the whole site and I am keen to encourage everyone to take a look  at at the outstanding queries and to contribute their thoughts.  

Bob Evans


As a free gift to members and indeed to anyone who logs on to our website, we are pleased to publish online a delightful little catalogue from 1921: Watts' "Clasps and Toe Plates  - Cloggers and Shoemakers Tools and Accessories"

Go and have a look, even if this is not your area of interest  (You can find it under Reading/Downloads).  How many other websites offer you a choice of Pigs Feet (See page 10)? 

TATHS is very proud of the collection of tool catalogues which its members have built up over many years.  We have issued two CDs of scanned catalogues to members and you can still buy these in the online shop. In addition, we are making additional catalogues available  to members. Just log into the members part of the site and go to Historic Catalogues on the drop down menu. We will be publishing more catalogues shortly and we are working with fellow website owners to produce a comprehensive index to online tool catalogues.   




Saturday 1st  & Sunday 2nd April 2017

Our annual conference in 2017 will be held in and around  Worcester. The venue is the Bank House Hotel, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JD.

There will be the usual  time for tools and chat with members, plus several good lectures.  Also  the ever popular Tool Auction and Conference Dinner. 

The provisional programme can be found here: 2017 Conference provisional programme 

To register your interest (without commitment) and to obtain a booking form, please fill in this form and return it to Steve Dowling by the end of January 2017. 2017 Conference request for further details 

Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way

The Radstock Museum has asked me, representing TATHS, to mount an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.

For a short period only, we are offering the chance to purchase three of our publications at bargain prices. These books would make excellent presents to yourself or someone else.