We have received the following letter from Paul, who is the son of Jeanette Norrington.  

 Dear all,

It is with much sadness that I must inform you of the death of my mother, Jeannette Norrington.  She passed away peacefully on 18th January, following a stroke the previous Sunday.

I know she enjoyed being a member of TATHS over the years, and will have made many friends within the society.  My father John will continue his membership, and I hope to be able to bring him to the AGM if he is up to it.

Would you please pass on the news to those who you think would want to know.

The funeral will be held on 18th February at St Martin's Parish Church, Epsom, Surrey at 11:00, followed by refreshments in the adjacent Church House.  I know the membership is spread across the country, but if any TATHS members would like to attend, they will be very welcome.  An approximate idea of numbers would be useful for catering purposes.


Paul Norrington



We have received notification of the Regional Furniture Society’s upcoming Research in Progress day to be held at the Conway Hall in London on Saturday 9 March.

The relevant link is to the  Events page is: https://regionalfurnituresociety.org/events/

The essentials are:

This year’s Regional Furniture Research in Progess day will be held at the Conway Hall, London, on Saturday 9 March. The event will focus on the regionality of chair making, with five papers spanning the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Speakers will examine a variety of idiosyncratic forms, the materials used, the makers, and their customers. Traditions commence as novelties and in many cases new research is establishing the precise origins of previously identified geographical groups. The papers will draw on a variety of research methods including fieldwork, archival sources and scientific analysis. 

  • The Caqueteuse Form in 17th century Scotland - Stephen Jackson
  • Chairmaking in 18th Century Wakefield - Andrew Cox-Whittaker
  • The Rush-Seated Chair in the North West of England - Simon Feingold
  • Windsor Chairmaking in Grantham: the first fifteen years - William Sergeant
  • In Search of the Elusive Mendlesham Chair and Other East Anglian Windsor Chairs - Robert Williams

The event will start at 10 am for 10.30am, and will finish at 4.30pm. It is open to all. The fee is £35 for RFS members, £40 for non-members and covers attendance and tea/coffee but not lunch; there are numerous cafes and pubs nearby.

Please let others know of this event. 

May 3rd - 5th 2019

The 2019 TATHS Conference will be held in Hayling Island at The Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth. PO1 3HS.

There will be visits to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth and to the Collection and Museum at Amberley. At both venues we hope to arrange a “behind the scenes” tour as well as the more usual visits that are available to everyone. In addition to the AGM there will be the usual mixture of talks, displays, the tools auction and a keynote talk from a Guest speaker.

Accommodation will be arranged at the Royal Maritime Club for those that wish to stay there, alternative and lower-cost accommodation can be found nearby if you so choose. Anyone staying at an alternative hotel or choosing to travel from home each day will still be able to take part in all the activities and meetings as usual. Hugh Thompson has kindly researched some alternative locations which can be found here

I do urge you all to make a note in your diaries for May 3rd to May 5th next year.There will be full information and booking arrangements in the next Newsletter.


TATHS is on Televison. 
Apparently the TATHS  has featured on the BBC 1 programme "Have I Got News for You",  broadcast last Friday 9th November at 9pm. The missing words round was based on the article:  ‘The Lure of Old Tools’,  from NL138. 
If you missed the programme you can still catch it on iPlayer for the next 30 days.
Allegations made on the programme that the last meeting of the East Anglia Group finished with a sex show have been vehemently denied by the Committee.....