Meetings and Events

meeting3The Society meets twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, normally on a Sunday, at a location convenient for the majority of those who attend regularly; currently North Warnborough Village Hall, Priors Corner, Dunley’s Hill, North Warnborough RG29 1EA. Meetings are friendly, informal occasions with talks by members and outside experts. There are also many opportunities for members to handle and discuss objects and to “network” with kindred spirits. A popular feature of every meeting is entitled “Members’ Objects”, when members have an opportunity to seek expert opinions on items from their own collections, and there is a ‘bring and buy’ table for books and objects. Occasional visits are also arranged, to museums, collections and exhibitions.

The Spring Meeting, which incorporates the Society’s Annual General Meeting, is usually held in March and the Autumn Meeting in October. New members are always especially welcome. A modest charge is made to cover the hire of the venue. Recent lecture topics at AMS Spring and Autumn meetings include:

  • Collecting snuffers: most certainly worth the candle.
  • Brass skimmers, ladles and slices of the late 17th and 18th centuries and their marks.
  • Not a Eureka moment: the Eureka or Latin verse machine.
  • The Tula fireplace at the V&A and a new acquisition for the collections.
  • A can of base metal worms: John Jewsbury & Co., Pearson Page & Co. and Pearson Page Jewsbury.
  • Candle gadgetry.
  • From Pigs to Dragons: English and Welsh Japanned metalware 1730 – 1930.

AMS Sheffield Meeting – Hosted by the Sheffield Assay Office. June 6th  & 7th 2019

A special meeting of the AMS has been arranged with the Sheffield Assay Office and will take place over two days, but members can choose to attend on either or both days. The programme will be as follows:

Thursday June 6th

10am: Meet at the Sheffield Assay Office: coffee etc
Morning programme:

Brief welcome from Geoffrey Draughn, AMS Chairman
Overview by Emma Paragreen, Curator/ Librarian, Sheffield Assay Office
AMS Website: content, use & future, Lawrie Trask, Web Manager

12 Noon: Early lunch at Assay Office

Afternoon programme

1pm: Coach to Kelham Island Industrial Museum
1.30pm: Conducted Tour of Kelham Island
2.30pm: Individual exploration of Industrial Museum
4pm: Coach to Assay Office

EVENING:    Optional Supper at Silversmith’s Restaurant, to be confirmed

Friday June 7th

10am: Meet at the Sheffield Assay Office: coffee etc

Morning programme:

1045am: Introduction and tour of Assay Office, by Emma Paragreen, Curator/ Librarian
1145am: Talk by Simon Oxley: ‘Ejection devices in copper alloy candlesticks’

1230: Lunch at Assay Office

Afternoon programme:

2pm: Talk by Gordon Crosskey, the authority on Old Sheffield Plate, with handling of examples
3pm: Members’ objects. Members are encouraged to bring interesting and rare objects for others to examine and comment upon
4pm: Tea and close of meeting

For AMS members, the cost of the meeting, which includes lunch, will be £25 per day. It will be collected by the Secretary on the day.

The Autumn meeting for 2019, will take place in North Warnborough on Sunday the 6th October 2019.

The programme for the meeting is yet to be finalised.


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