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
I am sure that all those who were at the Edinburgh Conference will agree that we had an excellent venue in a spectacular setting and we all enjoyed the Conference dinner in the splendour of the Playfair Library.
The highlight, for me, was undoubtedly the Andrew Somerville lecture. Tony Freeth enthralled us all with his talk about the Antikythera Mechanism. Here was a true enthusiast holding his audience in rapt attention. The applause at the end was loud and prolonged.
These are the results of the formal judging process by our independent panel.
12/028 Elzbieta Niedbalka Sunny bird feeder
12/007 Mike Shaw Frozen in Time
12/012 Mike Cowham Pestle and Mortar Scaphe Dial, Hitchin
My second year on Council is drawing to a close and I look forward to outlining progress at the Edinburgh Conference.
As at Cheltenham last year, a session will be set aside for discussion. One topic to be aired is the Society’s Grants Policy. Council is reluctant to spend members’ money without having some feel for the views of the membership.
What appears to be a simple representation of a horizontal sundial is rather more. It quite cleverly shows the dial as it would appear in the sunshine at the local time and indicates local apparent time. It is possible to make your own dial by simply measuring the hour angle and gnomon angle from the screen, and then set up the dial so that it matches the displayed dial! There are few extra features such as changing the latitude and ‘sweeping’ the time during the day to observe the changes. My rating 5/10. However, the app does have a page of links to other websites such as NASS and the British Sundial Society, mathematics sites and a couple of others. Their website www.TestTubeGames.com.
(£0.69p, free Lite version available)
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Once again, the annual gathering in Newbury was very successful with a sunny day, good talks and fascinating exhibits. Our thanks are due to David Pawley for making the arrangements. He has already confirmed that there will be another meeting in Newbury next year.
A most notable event this autumn was undoubtedly Mike Shaw’s cameo performance on the Antiques Roadshow on 14th October. A stellar performance notwithstanding the rain!
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
As I write, I am about to set off for the 2012 NASS Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. This sounds to be a fascinating place in its own right, a splendid setting in which to talk about and hear about sundials.
The new BSS Council has met twice since our own Conference in Cheltenham and our immediate priorities are to enhance the website and to give thought to celebrations in 2014.