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Arrangements are already well in hand for our next Conference.
The 2016 Conference will be organised and administered by a team comprising Doug Bateman, Mike Shaw, Bill Visick, Chris and Liz Williams.
Please mark and reserve 15 -17 April 2016 firmly and prominently in your diaries! The conference will follow the traditional Friday afternoon to Sunday luncheon format.
Liverpool, and its environs, is a location not yet visited by the Society’s Conference. The venue has been booked: Jurys Inn in the redeveloped docks area. There is much to see and do beyond dialling; members may well wish to consider extending their stay. Some initial information about the location is available here and will be expanded over time.
Booking forms, and a call for papers and exhibits, will be issued early in September – with the Newsletter and Bulletin and on the website.
2016 Conference Team
The 2016 BSS Conference will be held in Liverpool from Friday 15th. to Sunday 17th. April. More details will be provided over the forthcoming months but, to whet your appetites, some initial information is provided here.
Accommodation will be at Jurys Inn in the Albert Dock area:
This is a repeat of an earlier post but, for convenience, the contents are now included directly rather than as a separate PDF.
The British Sundial Society announces its fourth awards competition for excellent sundials. The only requirement is that the dials must have been made or restored between January 2010 and December 2015; otherwise this is an open competition. Entries in the form of one or more photographs and a brief description are invited from amateurs, professionals, members and non- members, from the UK and overseas. Awards will be made for new sundials and for sundial restoration projects, and for entries from juniors, schools and other youth groups.
Please send entries to Doug Bateman and to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of emails and attachments. Entries must be submitted by 31st December 2015.
Entries must be in digital form because they will appear on the BSS website. Items submitted are subject to moderation. Judging will be by the Society, taking into account comments posted on the website. Visits may be made to see selected entries. The results will be announced at the 2016 conference.
The awards will be in the form of certificates and, where appropriate, an engraved plaque.
Examples from previous schemes (held at five-year intervals) are below. The Society particularly welcomes entries from schools, so please encourage any school that you think could be persuaded to submit an entry or entries.
Alistair Hunter, 2010
Tim Chalk, 2010
School Dial, 2005
Andrew Jones, 2010
Courtesy of Ian Butson, Author and Title indices for BSS Bulletins since 2002 have now been added to the Publications menu on the left. While the articles themselves are not available online, these documents should help members track down the relevant edition.
I would not normally present a dial without a better photograph, but this one is interesting and seems ripe for research and restoration. Thanks to Mariette Voke for the original report in 1990, and to Ian Butson for more recent detailed recording.
The stone dial plate, with hollow moulded edges, is mounted on the south wall of the nave of this ‘redundant church’. It has two concentric square chapter rings, with upright but aligned Roman numerals. The outer ring has VI – XII – IV – VI, divided to half and quarter hours, while the inner ring is offset by just over four hours, with II – IV – XII – I. The latter scale seems to indicate the time at another location, possibly Bermuda or the more southerly West Indies, but the connection with this church is unknown. Across the centre are seven declination curves, with zodiac symbols between the two chapter rings, and a horizon line labelled accordingly above. Vertical lines cross the declination curves, probably azimuth lines, but these are not labelled. The iron gnomon carries a bar or peg nodus. There would appear to be an inscription, possibly ‘NOBIS …’ across the declination lines above the equinoctial line. There has once been an inscription across the top of the whole dial plate, but it is now indecipherable. The furniture is not totally eroded, and gentle cleaning, or even a photograph in grazing sunlight, might be fruitful.
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ
Residential attendees should please aim to arrive on Friday afternoon in time for tea at 4 to 5pm. Day attendees are very welcome to take tea even if not dining. After dinner we have no formal sessions, but hope all will join in an informal social get-together in the Orchard Hotel’s bar/lounge area.
Note that you may wish to arrive much earlier and to visit the BSS Library on Friday. You may park your car there even if rooms are not yet ready.