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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 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:




Sadly, our team cannot get to the post at the moment because of the need for social isolation, so we must close the TATHS Shop for the time being. 

We are developing a new application which will allow you to download certain publications and we will roll this out just as soon as we can.

In the meantime, please bear with us and stay safe! 

The 2020 TATHS Annual Conference is postponed until 9th/10th/11th October  

 A note for those who have already booked may be found here

Worth a further look at the December edition of Benchmark, the journal of the Hand Tool Preservation Society Of Western Australia. This reports finding a European  Cooper's Croze, dated to 1795 by the decorations.  Wow! 

Then there are the gold plated  Locking Pliers celebrating 70 years of the Peterson Manufacuring Company............ 

Benchmark December 2019 


This is an extremely comprehensive and well researched book and we think it would be well worth putting onto the website to advertise to TATHS members.

The book charts the development of iron screws as fixing devices from the earliest times to the end of the 19th century.