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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.


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Dear TATHS Members,

Most frustratingly, we must advise you that we have had to postpone the proposed new Conference dates in October.

The hotel is currently closed. They hope to re-open later in the year but will be enforcing social distancing until the end of the year. So, this precludes groups, lectures, dinners etc.  they have agreed to take our booking forward with no penalties for cancellations.

I have manged to arrange new dates for next year, making it our 2021 conference and 37th AGM. 

These are Thursday 18th March to Sunday 21st March 2021.

This is two weeks prior to Easter. (All of April is now fully booked up, mostly with re-arranged weddings from this year.)

It seems that 2020 is turning out to be the year that never was!

We have not yet confirmed with our venues about this change. They are all closed at present.  However, we hope that the programme and speakers will be largely the same.



It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Brian Read died of the coronavirus on Easter Sunday. Our thoughts are with his wife Bernice and his family at this difficult time. 

Brian was a founder member of TATHS and was one of our Vice Presidents.  He edited the Newsletter for many years, as well as serving on the Committee and he researched and co-authored our publication on "Natural Sharpening Stones and Hones". Brian brought a breadth of interests to TATHS which was stimulating and occasionally challenging. He was a good friend to many of us and we shall miss him very much.


 The family have provided a link to Brian's funeral notice below:




Sadly, our team cannot get to the post at the moment because of the need for social isolation, so we must close the TATHS Shop for the time being. 

We are developing a new application which will allow you to download certain publications and we will roll this out just as soon as we can.

In the meantime, please bear with us and stay safe! 

It is always good to hear news from tool societies in other parts of the world and the regular edition of "Benchmark" from the  Hand Tool Preservation Society of Western Australia is always worth a read. This month's edition has a fascinating article by Robin Hicks on making a schooner mast. Go look!

Worth a further look at the December edition of Benchmark, the journal of the Hand Tool Preservation Society Of Western Australia. This reports finding a European  Cooper's Croze, dated to 1795 by the decorations.  Wow! 

Then there are the gold plated  Locking Pliers celebrating 70 years of the Peterson Manufacuring Company............ 

Benchmark December 2019