Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way

The Radstock Museum has asked me, representing TATHS, to mount an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.

The trades that will be featured are edge-tool making, agriculture, wheelwrighting, coach and wagon making, coopering, millwrighting, bookbinding, plane making, sash window making, clock and watch making, harness and saddle making. The exhibition will cover the history of these trades, the way the trades were carried out and the tools that were used. Nick White is helping me with support from Bob Burgess, Charlie and Yvonne Back of Bishops Lydiard Mill, David Schweizer and David and Ian Stanley, for which I am most grateful.

The exhibition will run from 1st February to 31st May 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to promote the Society as well as helping the Museum. I think TATHS members will find it an interesting exhibition and I hope that members will support this effort by visiting the Museum if at all possible.

The Museum's opening hours are 2pm to 5pm. It is closed on Monday except for Bank Holidays. However, I am sure that if members want to visit out of opening hours, the Museum will do their best to accommodate you if you get in touch with them. Their phone number is 01761 437722 and their website is at www.radstock-museum.co.uk.


Jane Rees