Antiquarian Horological Society
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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 and technology of timekeepers, such as clocks and watches.
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 usual focus is on the presentation of papers on horological subjects. Some meetings involve visits to museums, restoration workshops or private collections. 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 two special interest sections with interests in turret clocks and electrical horology. Sections may hold their own meetings and in some cases publish members' newsletters or organize horological study tours.
Antiquarian Horology & the Proceedings of the Antiquarian Horological Society, informally known as Antiquarian Horology, is the Society's quarterly academic journal, 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.