The British Sundial Society

Promoting the Art and Science of Gnomonics since 1989

Booking is now open for the Society’s 2017 conference, to be held in Oxford from 21st to 23rd April. Please reserve the date and, if you would like to book online, you can do so here. Full details will be published as soon as possible.

A booking form will also be included with the September edition of the Bulletin which will be delivered to members in the next few days.

The indefatigable Tony Moss has generously made available a video on “Photoetching a Clock Face and Sundial” which goes through the whole process step by step using ‘kitchen table’ technology with all processes, materials, timings and practical hints & tips included. 20 minutes of practical wisdom that tell you everything you need to know!

The regular one-day BSS meeting will be held as usual at Sutton Hall, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN on Saturday 24th. September from 10:00 until 4:00. There will be exhibits of dials and related material, talks and a bookstall.

Thanks as ever to David Pawley for organising the event. There is 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.

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The Results!

These are the results of the judging by Liverpool conference delegates – congratulations to the top ten and all the winners and particularly to Ian Butson, the overall winner.

The Winners

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This dial was designed with the intention of being principally a moon dial. It is over the doorway of a house extension and is a partner for a big vertical sundial I made for the client some years ago. It is direct east facing, made in Witton Fell sandstone from Yorkshire. The nodus star is based on that on Albi Cathedral’s direct east and west-facing dials. The spot of light passing through a hole in the centre of the star indicates local apparent time and date. Use of the Equation of Time given on a correction chart inside the porch below the dial enables mean time to be worked out, but an additional chart allows the much bigger lunar corrections of hours and minutes to be made for one week each side of full moon. The silver-painted moon on the dial has some of the larger craters and maria marked out.

If you would like to share details of a dial you’ve made with an international audience of enthusiasts, please send pictures and a brief description go

We are taking a break from publishing Dials of the Month and instead plan a new, occasional feature describing members’ dials. Thanks to Julian Lush for providing the first example, which he made astonishingly quickly!

Further informal descriptions and pictures of dials by members are very welcome – please send to