2018 Annual Meeting

The year 2018 will mark 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 will be a two-day event (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May 2018) based at the conference centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, and will celebrate the contribution of Edward Massey and his family to the field of precision scientific instruments.

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

Planned lectures (programme is subject to change):

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

Afternoon local excursions are possible.

More information on the meeting is available to download here. Bookings are now open here. For more information on the venue at Keele University see here. Accommodation is available nearby, and we have a range of hotels which have reserved rooms especially for the AHS, available to book now on-line here. All these hotels are offering rates on a per-room basis, so the same rate will apply for double or single occupancy. If you book at these hotels, there will be coaches to ferry you to and from the conference. There are many more hotels within easy reach, catering for a wide range of budgets, but you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the venue if you book elsewhere.