The British Sundial Society
Promoting the Art and Science of Gnomonics since 1989
Castle Howard and Greenwich Observatory
Fully illustrated explanations
Projects to make your own dials
The regular one-day BSS meeting will be held as usual wat Sutton Hall, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN on Saturday 26th. September from 10:00 until 4:00. There will be exhibits of dials and related material, talks and a bookstall.
Full details are available here. Thanks as ever to David Pawley for organising the event.
No need to book, just turn up on the day. Guests are welcome, as are long-standing members and first-time visitors. Do come along to this highly popular event, and have a most enjoyable and relaxing day out.
Known as Queen Mary’s Dial, this has been called the finest example of its facet head class. It takes the form of a sandstone prism standing on its point, with 20 triangular facets elaborately carved with coats of arms and monograms of King Charles I and his Queen Henrietta Maria. There are various bowl, heart and triangular sinkings with dials. In some the gnomon is the nose of a carved face, in others it is an open fret worked metal plate. The top of the pedestal is an inverted hemisphere above a square column decorated with acanthus leaves and mounted on three high spreading octagonal steps.
The steps are probably later than the dial, which is dated 1633 and was made for the Scottish Coronation of Charles I by John Mylne III, Master Mason to the King. Royal Accounts show that it cost £408 15s 6d (Scots) plus further charges for painting and gilding, illustrating that at the time it was customary to paint these stone sculptures.
The June edition of the BSS Bulletin will be delivered to members shortly. For those who can’t wait, or for non-members who want to see what they are missing, a sample article by Geoffrey Lane about the Pewterer’s Hall glass sundial is available now.
Further information including an update to the cumulative table of contents will, I regret, have to wait until the end of the webmaster’s holiday!
Arrangements are already well in hand for our next Conference.
The 2016 Conference will be organised and administered by a team comprising Doug Bateman, Mike Shaw, Bill Visick, Chris and Liz Williams.
Please mark and reserve 15 -17 April 2016 firmly and prominently in your diaries! The conference will follow the traditional Friday afternoon to Sunday luncheon format.
Liverpool, and its environs, is a location not yet visited by the Society’s Conference. The venue has been booked: Jurys Inn in the redeveloped docks area. There is much to see and do beyond dialling; members may well wish to consider extending their stay. Some initial information about the location is available here and will be expanded over time.
Booking forms, and a call for papers and exhibits, will be issued early in September – with the Newsletter and Bulletin and on the website.
2016 Conference Team
The 2016 BSS Conference will be held in Liverpool from Friday 15th. to Sunday 17th. April. More details will be provided over the forthcoming months but, to whet your appetites, some initial information is provided here.
Accommodation will be at Jurys Inn in the Albert Dock area: