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Welcome to the TATHS Website

 

Interested in tools? This site is for you. Established in 1983 as a Charity, our aim is to advance the education of the general public in the history and development of hand tools and their use and of the people and trades that use them. But what does that actually mean?

This site is not just for collectors, or historians, but also the curious, with members worldwide. This covers any activity or craft where tools are used - book binding, leather work, sail making, boat building, cabinet making, printing, animal husbandry, metal working, wheelwrights, cider making, glove making, the list is endless, and how these implements have evolved over centuries.

This site is for researchers into social history but it is also for the young to explore something they picked up at the local car boot sale, or found in a skip, to encourage an interest and perhaps a craft.

This site is also for craftsmen and women to learn how different tools were used and to what effect, and for discussion, for mutual learning and exchange of information. There are social events and volunteering opportunities with like-minded and interested people and expert advice.

Explore further! If this is your first visit, the New Visitors page explains more about our activities. 

Joining TATHS makes sense, whatever your level of interest. You will be able find like minded enthusiasts and share your interests with them at local or national events and through our publications.

More on Membership Renewal - new option using BACS

Dear member,

Whilst we are happy to accept payment by cheque or Paypal, each of those involve a small cost to the Society, and we would encourage you to consider instead making payment by Bank Transfer. 

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A real TATHS Medieval Mystery

A real TATHS Medieval Mystery

Jacob Lambert has asked us a question worthy of TATHS members - how did medieval carpenters produce a three quarter hollow moulding? Read more in our mystery tool section. 

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TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Our Membership Secretary, Paul Coutts, would like to remind you to renew your membership by 1st April.

You can renew online here on the website if you wish, using the "Renew your Subscription" tab under the Society Menu above. 

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What's New

What's New

Welcome to our new website.  You can find more about the changes we have made in the article here.

What else is new?

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Anglia Group Newsletter

Anglia Group Newsletter

Almost certainly the last post on our old website and one of the first on our new site, here is the Anglia Group's newsletter for January 2021. 

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The Latest Newsletter no 147

The Latest Newsletter no 147

Newsletter no 147 is out, packed full of fascinating articles: rigging a schooner, spar planes, mediaeval lathes, garden rollers, its all there!  

You can find the Newsletter, along with its 146 predecessors, under the Resources menu here

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Conference 2020 is now Conference 2021

Conference 2020 is now Conference 2021

Dear TATHS Members,

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

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