The British Sundial Society

Promoting the Art and Science of Gnomonics since 1989

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.

Here’s a fascinating and very modern approach to a digital sundial. The creator, Daniel Voshart, built it as a birthday present for his father and its function is limited in both time and location. He has plans to build a giant one next year, though – that will be something to see!