Many people will have heard of Ron Geesin through his music. He has had a long and varied career as a performer and composer - some of his best-known work was music for the films The Body and Sunday Bloody Sunday. He also co-composed Pink Floyd’s first ‘gold’ album Atom Heart Mother. More recently he has been a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, working on the relationship between light and sound.

What is possibly less well known is that having been a member of TATHS for many years, he is also a dedicated collector of adjustable spanners.

TATHS member Peter Young has finished his book about the famous York planemaker John Green and it is now available to buy.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a new volunteer editor for the newsletter, Richard Smith.

Richard will be pleased to receive articles and correspondence for the newsletter. These can be sent to him by email at or by post to him at his business:

Richard Smith
Studio 7 Music Repairs
6 Leonard Lane
Bristol    BS1 1EA.

Please contact Richard immediately if you have material that you would like to appear in the Autumn issue.

Brian Read will still be handling "whatsits" and can be reached on

One of the most welcome bits of good news from the 2015 AGM was the unanimous approval by the members that our new president is Jane Rees.

Many TATHS members will know her by reputation and by her many informative publications on tools and their history, especially the standard work on measurement tools "The Rule Book." Many will have her forthcoming fourth edition of "British Planemakers" on their Christmas wish lists. But we can all be sure of her unstinting work in supporting and advancing the Society to the best of her considerable abilities.

Created: 12 May 2015

I see that there are vacancies on the committee. As a relatively new volunteer, I thought I'd add a few comments based on my own experience.

  • Volunteering is rewarding. I've enjoyed updating my web skills, with what I hope is a useful outcome.
  • The rest of the committee are a helpful and friendly bunch.
  • TATHS is not some big institution like NATO or the BBC - it's a bunch of ordinary people, united by a shared fascination for old tools - collecting them, learning about them and talking about them. If you like doing those things, you could help make TATHS even more fun.

Andy Tuckwell


Created: 22 December 2014

The Ken Hawley Collection Trust receives many queries from the public concerning hand tools.  To answer these, they call on the specialist knowledge of their Volunteer Curators (currently there are 25+ volunteers) and anyone else they feel might have suitable knowledge.   Of course, with the sad loss of Ken Hawley last year, his massive source of knowledge is no longer available. With the closer relationship that is developing between our two organisations, the idea has developed of TATHS members with particular fields of knowledge becoming External Curators for the Hawley.

Do you have specialist knowledge of a particular subject?  Would you like to become an External Curator?