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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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We have revamped our  Exchange Journal arrangements and negotiated digital copies from some of our main partner bodies. 

Third party periodicals and journals can be found under the Resources section of the Website - here . In addition to our regular exchange journals,  we now have the journal of our French partners,  Les Amis de l'Outil.  Have a look, it's fascinating.  

In addition, we now have digital exchanges with the Society of Genealogists and the first two copies of their journal are available under the Exchange Journal tab on the Member's site.


We are delighted to let you know that Amberley Museum and the TATHS Tool Collection will be reopening to the public from Wednesday 29th July.  You can find details of the arrangements on their website at: 


 The museum will be open five days a week from Wednesdays to Sundays. Advance booking is required: see the website for how to go about this.  

 Details of the Amberely Tool Collection are here:

Amberley Tool Collection


During Lockdown, Richard Arnold has produced a remarkable series of articles on Facebook about his 18th Century plane collection. This is a detailed and very knowledgeable insight into the various makers and designs  and Richard  has now collected them together into a new website: 

Richard  will add more planes  as and when time allows.He has said that if anyone wants more information on any of the planes, just send him a message and he will do his best to help.

The Hawley Trust has  been putting together some digital presentations for the project as they are unable to hold the talks at the moment.  Here are the links for you to have a look.  Please feel free to share them.

You can see them at the Ken Hawley Collection Trust channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-tSdWLq8_dA9ytqBfm1UA/

The latest ones added this week are:

Stainless Steel and the Sheffield Cutlery Trade - https://youtu.be/bjE1KWd1S3g

Trade Catalogues in The Hawley Collection - https://youtu.be/nUuHMJt8_mA

Name on the Knife Blade – Part 1: Project Origin - https://youtu.be/KMKbFfn2KjA

Name on the Knife Blade – Part 2: Introduction to the Website - https://youtu.be/7sjKP_GoR8c

Dear TATHS Members,

Most frustratingly, we must advise you that we have had to postpone the proposed new Conference dates in October.

The hotel is currently closed. They hope to re-open later in the year but will be enforcing social distancing until the end of the year. So, this precludes groups, lectures, dinners etc.  they have agreed to take our booking forward with no penalties for cancellations.

I have manged to arrange new dates for next year, making it our 2021 conference and 37th AGM. 

These are Thursday 18th March to Sunday 21st March 2021.

This is two weeks prior to Easter. (All of April is now fully booked up, mostly with re-arranged weddings from this year.)

It seems that 2020 is turning out to be the year that never was!

We have not yet confirmed with our venues about this change. They are all closed at present.  However, we hope that the programme and speakers will be largely the same.



It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Brian Read died of the coronavirus on Easter Sunday. Our thoughts are with his wife Bernice and his family at this difficult time. 

Brian was a founder member of TATHS and was one of our Vice Presidents.  He edited the Newsletter for many years, as well as serving on the Committee and he researched and co-authored our publication on "Natural Sharpening Stones and Hones". Brian brought a breadth of interests to TATHS which was stimulating and occasionally challenging. He was a good friend to many of us and we shall miss him very much.


 The family have provided a link to Brian's funeral notice below:





Although not published by TATHS we are sure that all members will want to know more about this long-anticipated work.