Past Annual Meetings

2018: THE LEGACY OF THE MASSEY FAMILY AND SOUTH-WEST LANCASHIRE

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.

 

2017: A LIFE IN THE DAY OF JOSIAH EMERY

The AHS Annual Meeting held at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 20 May 2017 looked in detail at Josiah Emery, using a remarkable record of a shop burglary as a guide to consider wider aspects of his daily life. The lectures were as follows:

James Nye, A Life in a Day: Josiah Emery, 33 Cockspur Street, 19 March 1781
Jonathan Betts, Josiah Emery: the Watchmaker, his Business and his Clientele
Peter Guillery, Shop-Houses and Built Contexts: Emery’s Premises and Environs
Lisa White, Home and Shop: Interiors of the London Town House of the 1780s
Roger Smith, The Immigrant Craftsman: Emery in London
Jerry White, Crime and Society: The Legal and Political Climate in 1780s London

More information is available to download here.

 

2016: TIME ON THE MOVE, TIME STANDING STILL

The 2016 Annual Meeting, held at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 14 May, took a broad theme of time relating to movement and stillness. We heard the following talks:

Brian Durrans, Freezing time? A sceptical take on time capsules
David Penney, Mail Coach Watches
Richard Edwards, The Invention and Early History of the Wristwatch
Rory McEvoy, The Weems / hour- angle watch
Keith Scobie-Youngs, Catastrophe in the Tower
James Nye, Stop all the Clocks

A fully illustrated report is available to download here.

 

2015: TIME AND TRANSPORT

This year, the AHS Annual Meeting, held at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 16 May, looked at time and transport. The lectures were as follows:

Peter Burt, Time for exploring – a brief tour of the RGS Explorer’s Watches
Tabea Rude and Erica Jones, Zigzag control: Regulating time, movement and the merchant marine in Allied convoys
Rory McEvoy, Mind how you Perregaux: the golden campaign
Lisa Jardine, Too seasick to wind the clocks: the Hooke, Huygens, Moray sea-going pendulum clock collaboration
Jonathan Betts, Poles apart! – the mysterious tales of two ice-bound expedition chronometers
James Nye, At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from …

Full details are available to download here.

 

2014: TIME AND THE MILITARY

The AHS Annual Meeting for 2014, held at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 17 May, took the theme of time and the military. We heard the following lectures:

Konrad Knirim, Time on the Ground
David Read, Time Management in the Frontlines of War
Günther Oestmann, Towards the ‘German Chronometer’: The Introduction of Precision Timekeeping in the German Mercantile Marine and Imperial Navy in the 19th Century
Nigel Platt, The Clock that Saved Great Britain. The Story of the Royal Air Force Sector Clock
James Nye, Bang on Time

Full details are available to download here.