The British Sundial Society

Promoting the Art and Science of Gnomonics since 1989

In a recent item on the BBC News website the Society’s Chairman talks about the challenges of getting young people interested in sundials and his own passion for timekeeping in any form. Read the article to see why letter carver Lida Cardozo describes Frank as an alchemist and we also offer a helpful refresher on spherical triangles!

Updated 19th Feb: this story has been picked up by The Telegraph, highlighting the decline in interest in sundials among young people despite there being other applications for such mathematical insight including spaceships and driverless cars. Suggestions as to how to encourage a wider appreciation and understanding of sundials, particularly among young people. are welcome.

Following the temporary suspension of the Members Area while we confirmed our hosting company’s GDPR compliance, I’m pleased to say that they have updated their policies and access to the Member’s Area has now been reinstated.

Thanks to B. Tomas Johansson for providing a paper on the use of vectors and projections as a efficient way of describing 3D objects and hence of general use for sundials. The full paper can be read here.

Visitors are reminded that we are always on the look-out for sundial-related articles that can be publicised in this way. The current list is available here. and material for possible contributions would be welcomed by

We are again meeting at Sutton Hall, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN (directions below).

Exhibits – Talks – Bookstall

Beautiful country village setting. Plenty of free parking. Modernised village hall with ample space, tables and chairs for all your interesting displays (indoors and outside) of sundials, models, photos etc. Please include a card with your name on any displays.

Please bring something along:

  • Dials: finished, or in progress
  • Pictures
  • Paraphernalia

Speakers welcome – 10-minute talks / demos. Please e-mail David Pawley with suggestions for talks, ideally before mid-September 2015 if possible.

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