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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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It is with great sadness that we learn that Richard Filmer lost his fight with cancer and passed away on the evening of Friday 5th May. He will be sorely missed by his many friends. 

Our latest publication  Gimlet Patterns and Manufacture is now available for purchase by non members in the Shop section of the website.

Were you at this year's TATHS Conference? Did you take any photos?

If you did,please send any good snaps to the Webmaster (webmaster@taths.org.uk) so that we can compile an events report for the website. 

Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way

The Radstock Museum is mounting an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.

Do you have any period tools which you would be prepared to lend for an exhibition on Thomas Chippendale in February to May 2018? 

This is intended to be a regular news item highlighting new content for those of you who do not visit the website regularly. 

New Bibliography Section:

This is a new  area of the website under the Reading menu providing a bilbiogrpahy on subjects of interest to members. The section is launched with Nick White's magnum opus on "Country Crafts of England". Find it here.


Two new catalogues to download in public downloads section of the Reading menu. 

  • "Tools for all Trades". A catalogue of Gardiner and Sons from Bristol, dated January 1940. Courtesy of Andy Tuckwell.
  • The Ridgley Trimmer  catalogue of decorating tools dating from the 1930s. Thanks to Brian Read.

Committee Papers:

 For the really keen member, the papers and minutes of the 2017 AGM are now available in the Member's Section.