Antiquarian Horological Society
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The Antiquarian Horological Society, abbreviated to AHS, is the UK-based learned society for scholars and enthusiasts of horology. Its administrative office is at Ticehurst, East Sussex. Its president is Professor Lisa Jardine.
The Society was founded in 1953. It unites collectors, scholars and museum professionals interested in the historical aspects of horology – the study of the art, science, social history and technology of timekeepers, such as clocks and watches.
The principal meetings of the Society are held periodically, primarily in London. Meetings may also be multi-day seminars, held in a number of locations such as Oxford. The Society hosts a London Lecture Series at the apartments of its affiliate, the Royal Astronomical Society, at Burlington House. The annual general meeting is usually held at the National Maritime Museum and involves a one-day seminar. Once a year the organization also organizes an international study tour, travelling to a foreign locale to study historic horological artefacts.
Besides the main body that meets in London, there also are numerous Sections, most of them regional groups of members spread throughout the United Kingdom, plus five international sections (Ireland, USA, Canada, Netherlands) and three special interest sections with interests in turret clocks, wristwatches and electrical horology. Sections may hold their own meetings and in some cases publish members' newsletters or organize horological study tours. The usual focus is on the presentation of papers on horological subjects. Some meetings involve visits to museums, restoration workshops or private collections.
Antiquarian Horology & the Proceedings of the Antiquarian Horological Society, generally known as Antiquarian Horology, is the Society's quarterly academic journal, which is peer-reviewed and available only to members.
The Society also publishes books on horological subjects, which are available to the public.
Its main sister organizations in other countries pursuing similar goals are:
- Association Française des Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne - AFAHA (France)
- Chronometrophilia (Switzerland)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie - DGC (Germany)
- HORA Associazione Italiana Cultori di Orologeria Antica (Italy)
- National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors - NAWCC (United States of America)
- Beeson, C.F.C. (1989) . Simcock, A.V, ed. Clockmaking in Oxfordshire 1400–1850 (3rd ed.). Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. pp. 2, 3. ISBN 0 903364 06 9.