The AHS Council

About us

The Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) is a learned society formed in 1953. It exists to encourage the study of all matters relating to the art and history of time measurement, to foster and disseminate original research, and to encourage the preservation of examples of the horological and allied arts. The society's President is Dr Patricia Fara.

In order to achieve its aims, the AHS hosts meetings, talks and events around the UK and overseas; publishes a range of specialist books as well as a quarterly journal, Antiquarian Horology; and supports education, conservation and historical research through a series of bursaries, prizes and awards. It also runs special-interest groups on wristwatches, electric timekeeping and public clocks.

The AHS is run by a Council elected from the membership and supported by a small staff and advisors.

Council members: James Nye (Chair), Jonathan Betts (Vice-Chair), Françoise Collanges, Jane Desborough, Rory McEvoy, Anna Rolls, David Rooney, Keith Scobie-Youngs, Richard Stenning, James Stratton, David Thompson and Robert Wren.

Officials and advisors: Helen Chapman (Secretary), Peter de Clercq (Journal Editor), Martin Ridout (Webmaster) and Bill MacNay (Accountant).

Rodney Law and Alan Treherne, our Vice-Presidents and distinguished former Council members, continue to support the society.




Dr Patricia Fara
Dr Patricia Fara


Staff and specialists


Helen Chapman (Secretary)
Dr Peter de Clercq Martin Ridout
Peter de Clercq (Editor) Martin Ridout (Webmaster)


Members of Council