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
Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Co-ordinates: 51⁰32’25.1”N 0⁰01’05.46”W
Dimensions: approx. 6m x 4.5m
Materials: Date scale: stainless steel details set into welsh blue-black slate.
Hour points (2 sets), cardinal points, sunrise/set markers, instructions: stainless steel.
Background: Non-slip concrete.
Designed, orientated and delineated by David Brown
Construction by gardening subcontractors Willerby Landscapes of Edenbridge, Kent.
Octagonal plate, 520mm across flats, 28mm thick
Gnomon, water-jet cut brass and slate 12mm thick, 400mm long.
Cursor: water-jet cut and stove enamelled etching, on stainless steel pin.
Materials: Plate: Welsh blue-black slate, brass, stainless steel
Location : In private ownership, Lat. approx. 51⁰N
Designed, delineated and hand cut by David Brown
Dimensions: 4.5m diameter in plan
Materials: Hour points, hour lines and motto in Cumbrian green slate
Principal background in Portland stone.
Sunburst in Indian red granite
Gnomon in stainless steel 25mm thick
Equation of time plaque with credits is in stainless steel
Location: Eureka Park, Swadlincote, Derbyshire: 52⁰46’41.45’’N, 1⁰33’12.27’’W
General view of the sculpture
The West Port
Longitude: 3.6º West
Latitude: 55.96º North
Client: West Lothian Council; Commissioned from the Provost’s Fund
Designed and made by Tim Chalk
Concrete casting by Gray Concrete
Bronze casting by Powderhall Bronze
Commissioned October 2009
Completed March 2011
Dial Type: Free standing Horizontal Dial
Materials: Bronze, Cast Glass reinforced Concrete, Granite Setts
Dimensions: 2 metres(h) x 1.2 metres(w) x 1 metre(d)
Two young visitors view the Oculus Table sundial, with its instructions, information, and drawings of landmarks, used for north alignment, around the edge. The time is 10:30 on a day close to the summer solstice.
Location: Exploratorium Museum, San Francisco, USA
This sundial was inspired by the fashion for Egyptian motifs, colours and symbolism in Art Deco of the 1920s.
Completed in 2013 and designed by Dr Peter Bristow, it is one of four made for his garden in Oxfordshire by Harriet James.