The AHS 2015 Annual Meeting

 

We welcomed over 100 members and guests to a packed full house at the National Maritime Museum for our 2015 Annual Meeting last Saturday. The sun shone, the atmosphere was buzzing, and we were given a superb day of talks and conversation.

The theme this year was ‘time and transport’ and, outside the museum, AHS members had brought a stunning selection of vintage cars to help set the scene.

Council member Richard Stenning inspecting the exhibits

Council member Richard Stenning inspecting the exhibits

 

During the morning session, we had fascinating talks by Peter Burt on RGS explorers’ watches; Tabea Rude and Erika Jones on zig-zag control; and Rory McEvoy on a Perregaux advertising campaign (apologies for the poor quality indoor photographs!)

Speakers Erika Jones and Tabea Rude and a North Atlantic convoy

Speakers Erika Jones and Tabea Rude and a North Atlantic convoy

After lunch and the society’s AGM, we heard from our new President, Lisa Jardine, on sea-going clocks; Jonathan Betts on polar expedition chronometers; and James Nye on the history of car clocks.
We were delighted to learn that Professor Jardine has recently been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. We also marked the handover of the chairing of the society from David Thompson to James Nye by seeing David awarded a Fellowship of the AHS. Our huge congratulations and thanks to Lisa, David and James.

Outgoing AHS Chair David Thompson (left), with new chair James Nye (right)

Outgoing AHS Chair David Thompson (left), with new chair James Nye (right)

 

It was great to see so many members and guests from all around the country, of all ages and with all sorts of interests—represented also in the wonderful variety of speakers and lectures. Thanks to you all for coming—and we look forward to the coming year with great excitement!

 

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