Tools & Trades History Society


Tool Identification

These videos are from the website of the Social History Curators Group. Produced with Arts Council funding, they are intended to help museum curators identify tools in their collections. As well as these three videos featuring well-known TATHS members, their website has other videos and information of interest to old tool enthusiasts.

Here, Jane Rees gives an introduction to tool identification in general. (See also her Beginner's Guide.)



Here Des Pawson, in his Museum of Knots and Sailors' Ropework, introduces tools for Rope Working and Rigging.


In a second video, Des shows us the tools used for Sail, Sack and Canvas working: