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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.


We have been told of prolbems with the servers which support the TATHS email addresses. This may cause some emails not to be delivered or to be classified as Spam. 

If you experience problems with sending us a message, please resend your email to taths@btinternet.com and I will make sure that it is redirected to the right person. 

i'm sure Robert Wooding never had this problem.......

Bob Evans




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New role in TATHS – Can you help?

Like many similar Societies our membership numbers are falling and we are looking for better ways to attract new members. The TATHS Committee is suggesting a new role of Assistant Publicity Officer specifically to seek to publicise TATHS through social media and other digital channels.

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The papers for the TATHS AGM which was held last week at the conference can be found under the Society Menu here

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The Warrington Chest


New publication from the Tools and Trades History Society

The Warrington Chest

This amazing chest was made by a Sheffield pattern maker, Ernest Warrington, when he was just 18 years old.

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  Newsletter no 149

Newsletter no 149

Our SummerNewsletter no 149 is published and can be found under the Resources menu here.

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