Sundial blog post updates

For members who are invited to give talks about sundials or the BSS, or for anyone who wishes to promote the Society’s activities, updated versions of the BSS brochure and flyer are now available for downloading and printing.

Name A4 US Letter
Brochure – two-sided PDF PDF
Flyer – one-up PDF PDF
Flyer – two-up PDF PDF

The brochure is two-sided and should be folded in three: if your printer does not handle duplex printing then print one side first, reinsert the paper (typically for inkjet printers the printed side should be uppermost but please do a test print first) and then print side two.

The flyer is available in two sizes: 1-up is A4 or US Letter, 2-up is for bulk use and produces two copies side-by-side on a single sheet with crop marks to help split in half after printing.

The “Conference Vote” Results

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1. Editorial
2. Use Or Ornament? – Harriet James
7. A Decorative Tile Dial – John Davis
8. The Decorative Arts of the Portable Dialmaker – Mike Cowham
15. Reader’s Letter – Brightmer
16. John Carmichael—Sundial Maker in Arizona – Douglas Bateman
21. Lewis Carroll’s Sundial – Kevin Karney and John Davis
22. Painting with Light—A sculptor’s take on sundialling – Tim Chalk
28. Some Kindersley Sundials – Lida Cardoza Kindersley
32. In the Footsteps of Thomas Ross. Part 8: The Haddington Bowl – Dennis Cowan
34. Solar Obelisks of Russia – Valery Dmitriev
35. Lettering on Sundials – Ben Jones
39. Postcard Potpourri 30. Sterling Forest Gardens, Tuxedo, NY State, USA – Peter Ransom
40. Inspiration and Design of Portable Sundials – Jackie Jones
43. A Vertical Decorative Dial
44. Restoration of the Sundial at All Saints’ Church, Isleworth – Patrick Powers
47. The Slaughton Park Sundial – Dennis Cowan
48. Engraved Decoration on English Horizontal Dials – John Davis


Our 25th anniversary conference in Greenwich was hugely enjoyable and a great success. The venue, the splendid Wren buildings of the former Royal Hospital for Seamen, was certainly something to be savoured. Even the view from the gents was breathtaking! This conference was more than usually ambitious, with extra outings and tours, and we must all be grateful to Chris Lusby Taylor for the organisation and for overcoming a number of run-time challenges that were outside his control.

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The recent first episode of the BBC documentary series “A Very British Renaissance” includes a section describing Nicolaus Kratzer’s contribution to British dialling and the polyhedral dial he constructed for Cardinal Wolseley. The programme also includes an interview with BSS member and dial maker Joanna Migdal. The episode is currently available on the BBC iPlayer; the discussion of Kratzer starts about 20 minutes in.


Two Polish physicists, Maciej Zapiór and Lukasz Fajfrowski, took daily photos of the sun from a balcony and captured three separate analemmas over the course of a year. The picture was published on NASA’s APOD site and more information and photos – in English – are available here.