It is with great sadness we have to report that Ken Hawley passed away on Friday, 15th August aged 87. Ken was the President of TATHS and one of our founding members.

He was also head of the Ken Hawley Collection Trust in Sheffield where a tribute to celebrate his life and work will be held at the Hawley Gallery on 9 October at 17.30 for 18.00. Please contact Keith Crawshaw at the Trust if you want to attend the event.

There is an obituary by Simon Barley in the Guardian at

and a funeral announcement in the Sheffield Star.

The Tools and Trades History Society (TATHS) was founded in 1983 to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades and people that used them.

The tools and equipment of historic trades are now often the only surviving evidence of what were once common everyday activities. The Society seeks to preserve these artifacts and to investigate, record and interpret the past and present performance of trades.

Download our information sheet for further details here

New publication by TATHS member Simon Barley now available

All TATHS members will be pleased to hear that Simon's long awaited magnum opus,

British Saws and Saw Makers from 1660

can now be ordered and will be available later this month.

British saws from 1600 cover

For more details click on the cover or here.

Published in 2012: THE TOOL CHEST OF BENJAMIN SEATON, 2nd ed.

Go to the special publications page to order a copy.


The 2014 Annual Conference was held at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 April

Conference report


Membership is open to all who share the aims of the Society,
either in the UK or overseas.

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