2018 Annual Meeting

The year 2018 marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Edward Massey, a significant and important inventor of a range of horological and nautical devices. Our 2018 Annual Meeting was a two-day event (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018) based at the conference centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, and celebrated the contribution of Edward Massey and his family to the field of precision scientific instruments.

There was a series of lectures across Saturday and Sunday morning, and an optional banquet on the Saturday evening.


Saturday 12 May 2018

Alan Treherne – The Massey family: a biographical overview
David Penney – Edward Massey and the ‘Liverpool lever’ watch
Andrew King – The Masseys: ingenious mechanics and inventors



Will Ashworth – Innovation in science, technology and navigation: the role of the state and national institutions
John Griffiths – Precision horology and high quality affordable watches: the essential tools, materials and skills from south-west Lancashire
Richard Dunn – The Massey family as designers and makers of nautical instruments: patent logs, sounders and thermometers

EVENING BANQUET with a special lecture by AHS President Patricia Fara – A brief history of magnetic time

Sunday 13 May 2018

Gilbert Kelling – Full Fathom Five: timekeeping and related techniques in the evolution of modern oceanography
Paul Marston – The legacy of Jeremiah Horrocks
Michael Edidin – Massey in America: Liverpool exports of Massey escapement watches

More information on the meeting is available to download here.