Conferences

Historically this trip abroad (from the UK perspective!) has been called the Annual Overseas Conference. It normally lasts four to six days and is usually held in the Spring, with groups varying in size from 20 to 50. The reports in the Bulletin, usually compiled from short contributions by participants, are a source of inspiration for members planning private visits. For most trips since 2002, participants have produced souvenir CD-ROMS with full reports and many photographs. The list below also includes longer Autumn visits where these have spread over more than one day.


OTHER VISITS AND EVENTS

Usually these are visits to museums, often with handling sessions and/or visits to behind-the-scenes stores, country houses and institutions, but there have also been workshops and debate meetings, and even a convivial Thames cruise! The reports are published in the Bulletin and are a source of inspiration for members planning private visits.

  • 20.07.1983 National Army Museum: 'Fakes and Facsimiles'
  • 28.02.1984 Shell-Mex House: 'History of Burning Mirrors'
  • 12.06.1984 Shell-Mex House: Spectroscopes / Photography of Scientific Instruments
  • 06.10.1984 Green College, Oxford: Joint Meeting with Royal Meteorological Society
  • 15.01.1985 Science Museum
  • 30.03.1985 National Maritime Museum: 'Science and the Sea'
  • 22.03.1986 Royal Museum of Scotland: 'The Business of Instruments'. Joint meeting with the Antiquarian Horological Society
  • 08.12.1986 Washington Hotel, London
  • 20.02.1987 Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire
  • 09.11.1987 Science Museum, Optics Gallery
  • 06.04.1988 Science Museum: Demonstration in style of Benjamin Martin / 'James Ferguson'
  • 08.12.1988 Christie's, South Kensington
  • 17.01.1989 Phillips, New Bond Street: Antikythera mechanism / Slide rules
  • 21.10.1989 British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (British Optical Association Museum)
  • 07.02.1990 Science Museum: History of the Foucault Pendulum
  • 20.10.1990 University of Bristol Physics Department, Bristol Industrial Museum
  • 05.12.1990 Royal Institution
  • 18.07.1991 Science Museum: Joint meeting with Antiquarian Horological Society
  • 25.09.1991 Christie's, London (Nicolas Webster collection)
  • 28.03.1992 National Maritime Museum: 'Columbus: The Man and His Achievement'
  • 10.11.1992 Science Museum: Quiz
  • 26.03.1993 Society of Antiquaries: 'Was there an Elizabethan telescope?'
  • 20.01.1994 Science Museum: George III Collection
  • 22.03.1994 Society of Antiquaries: 'How to look at scientific instruments?'
  • 20-21.05.1995 Conservation Seminar at West Dean College: 'Conservation of Scientific Instruments'
  • 11-12.05.1996 Conservation Seminar at West Dean College: 'The Colouring of Material'
  • 26.10.1996 Old Royal Observatory / National Maritime Museum reserve collections
  • 16.11.1996 Oxford: workshop on the art of engraving
  • 17.05.1997 Longleat House, Bath
  • 28.04.1998 British Museum: Private view of Humphrey Cole exhibition
  • 1998 Conservation seminar at West Dean College: Organic materials / Lacquering
  • 22.08.1998 York Castle
  • 17.04.1999 British Museum: Hands-on session in Clock Room
  • 19.06.1999 Liverpool County Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • 29.10.1999 British Museum: Electroforming workshop
  • 19.11.1999 Whipple Museum
  • 04.03.2000 Greenwich: 'Story of Time'
  • 05.07.2000 Thames cruise
  • 23.09.2000 Bury St. Edmunds: Joint meeting with Antiquarian Horological Society
  • 20.01.2001 Royal Astronomical Society
  • 12.05.2001 Museum of London
  • 23.02.2002 Woolwich Royal Artillery Museum
  • 12.04.2002 Science Museum reserve collection (Blythe House)
  • 05.10.2002 Bristol: Brunel Instruments, Industrial Museum, University Library
  • 24.01.2003 Royal Institution
  • 26.11.2003 British Museum: Electroforming workshop repeat
  • 27.02.2004 The College of Optometrists (British Optical Association Museum)
  • 02.07.2004 Whipple Museum (preceding AGM on the 3rd, see above)
  • 16.10.2004 Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • 18.03.2005 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 09.07.2005 National Maritime Museum
  • 14.10.2005 Royal Society
  • 19.05.2006 Science Museum reserve collection (Blythe House)
  • 09.02.2007 Institute of Historical Research: 'Jesse Ramsden: London's leading scientific instrument maker - Why?'
  • 09.02.2007 Science Museum (Smith Centre): 'Treasures from the Astronomy Collection'.
  • 29.02.2008 Galton Collection, University College London and Wellcome Collection exhibition on 'Sleeping and Dreaming'
  • 04.07.2008 Glaziers Hall: Mini conference on the London Guilds and City Livery Companies. Joint meeting with WCSIM
  • 06.03.2009 Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • 25.02.2011 Masons Museum,  London
  • 10.2011 Provincial trip to Manchester
  • 19-20.10.2012 Study Tour in the Netherlands
  • 12.02.2013 Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot
  • 11-13.10.2013 Regional study tour to Leeds
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