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.

The Spring meeting for 2020 took place in Newnham Village Hall on Sunday the 8th March 2020. A video of Stuart Peachey’s presentation is available for AMS members to view on this website.

Newnham Road
Hampshire  RG27 9AE

The programme includes the following presentations:

1000 – 1030: Registration, coffee and biscuits.
1030 – 1145: Annual General Meeting.
1145 – 1300: Stuart Peachey: ‘Elizabethan and early Stuart Cooking and Dining Equipment’.
Stuart Peachey is a leading expert on Elizabethan and early Stuart life in England and he will be talking about metal kitchen and table ware over that period.  His talk will include discussion of the different metal alloys found to have been employed, depending on whether the item was cast or hammered into shape, together with details of how objects were used and the social context of their use.  The Stuart Press has recently published a series of 20 short books on the topic of 16th and 17th century English kitchenware, and these will be available for members to purchase on the day.
1300 – 1415: LUNCH (A glass of wine is provided but please bring your own lunch or use local facilities).
1415 – 1545: MEMBERS’ OBJECTS: items for identification and discussion provided by members.
1545 – 1630: TEA & CLOSE.

Arrangements for the Autumn 2020 meeting will be published once the Covid19 situation has become clearer.

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