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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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TATHS has to have certain role holders to continue as a Registered Charity or even to exist at all.  We need a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer to keep going.  We have captured a Chairman for now and have a Treasurer until March 2018 but the Secretary has escaped after 3 years in the role and 7 years on the Committee. We need someone to take over from me as soon as possible. Like you, I have a family life and it needs attention.

Without doubt the Secretary role is the most interesting and rewarding in TATHS but it does need a bit of time investing to reap the rewards. There is a full job description of the role on the TATHS website (here) but basically it involves arranging meetings, preparing Agendas and writing the minutes.  Other than that it involves dealing with any incoming letters and emails from members and the public.  There are usually about 3 meetings a year plus the AGM. Correspondence averages no more than one email or letter a week. There are records of committee members, Charity Commission Reports and Meetings that need to be maintained. Access to e-mail and to a word processing programme is essential.

If you can read, write and email and have an hour or two a week to spare you could do the job.

Why should you volunteer?

Well, if you have the ability and want TATHS to continue to survive then

Why the hell not??

Tony Waldis

Hon Secretary

Another gem of a find, courtesy of Andy Tuckwell and Andy Brown.  A price list from the Leicester branch of the National Master Wheelwright's, Smiths, Coach and Motor Body Builder's Association. There is so much information contained in these pages - take a look! 




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. 

On Saturday 3 June Richard Arnold opened his workshop once again to facilitate another event to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.

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