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'Are you interested in the story of time? The AHS is for you. We’re a lively, welcoming society open to all. We run a diverse programme of talks, meetings and visits ... We publish a quarterly learned journal as well as a wide range of books, and we support education, conservation and research through bursaries, prizes and awards ... The AHS houses three highly active specialist groups for members with a particular interest in wristwatches, turret (tower) clocks or electrical timekeeping. It also holds meetings in many regions of the UK and overseas with wide-ranging programmes of local or national interest, including lectures and visits.'

'Founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Rather than set up another organisation for individual craft people we chose the path of becoming an Association of Guilds - an umbrella body to which regional or local Guilds are affiliated. The aim is to support those regional Guilds by operating at a larger scale with National Conferences, National Exhibitions, Competitions, publications and recognised qualifications certifying individuals' high level of achievement and competence in their chosen craft. We now have over 100 member Guilds representing over 5000 crafts-people.'

'John Bowes and his French wife Joséphine created a magnificent chateau in rural Teesdale to house their collections of European fine and decorative art, ceramics and textiles ... The Bowes Museum is very conscious of its history, and the remarkable survival of the collections and associated bills under one roof. It is also conscious of its position in the North of England as providing an aspect of European art history and collecting for the people of the North East, and a starting point for the more detailed researches into related history for local people and beyond. To that end, it has instigated a variety of research and cataloging projects that aim to make its collections better known, and provide access to the library and archive via a newly built reference library and reading room in the Museum’s dome. '

'Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world. Despite all the changes which have taken place in the textile industry since its formation, the Society continues to thrive. Its monthly programme of meetings from October to April provides an opportunity for everyone with an interest in textiles to meet and discuss a range of textile-related topics with an invited speaker.'

'The leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community ... The BADA Friends was formed in 1991 to provide a platform for interested members of the public to support the work of BADA’s Cultural and Educational Trust, and to promote learning and expertise in the fine art and antiques trade. All our activities are designed to increase Friends’ knowledge and appreciation of fine art and antiques, through an annual programme of private tours, guided walks and inspirational events.'

'The national organisation which represents numismatic societies throughout the United Kingdom. It exists to promote the study of numismatics by bringing these societies and their members together to share and increase their interest and expertise in coins, tokens and currency ... BANS holds an annual weekend congress, organised by the local numismatic society, in a different attractive place each year ... BANS sponsors one of the talks at the annual weekend congress, the Marion Archibald Memorial Lecture ... BANS runs an annual autumn lecture course, with a more specifically educational programme. As at the congresses, the lectures are given by the leading museum, trade and amateur experts.'

'Our membership includes people with wide-ranging interests and button collectors in many fields. These include military, livery, hunt, sporting, police, yacht clubs, golf clubs, shipping and transport buttons ... Our dress button enthusiasts includes members who collect satsumas, mother of pearl, vegetable ivory, enamels, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, silver, glass, cut steel, horn, Dorset, paste, Bimini, Celluloid, Bakelite and flora, fauna and other picture buttons ... There is a wealth of history around buttons and their manufacture. As a member you can attend meetings both local and national, take the opportunity to talk to fellow collectors and exchange ideas and information and receive our magazine.'

'Horology courses for clock and watch making are our passion. Since 1858, the British Horological Institute has been training horologists in clock and watch repair and creation, and supporting the horological industry. Whether you’re a complete beginner looking for an initial taster day or a professional seeking accreditation and further development, we have the clock or watch making course for you ... BHI Branches are entirely autonomous. They are set up "by the members for the members", invariably rely for their existence on the energy and commitment of a few committed volunteers. If you are lucky enough to live within travelling distance of a vibrant BHI branch you should try sampling one of their events. You will always find a warm welcome.'

'Exists to promote the study and understanding of British Numismatics. The Society was founded in 1903 with only three members but today has over 500, with interests which embrace all forms of coinage, tokens, banknotes and medals relating to the British Isles and former parts of the British Empire. Members of the society include academics, students, collectors and enthusiasts. The society prides itself on being open and welcoming to all. The society promotes the understanding of numismatics through holding regular lectures and meetings as well as producing a number of publications.'

'Since 1921 we have offered a forum for all lovers of stained glass. We promote the highest standards of design, craft and creativity in stained glass. Our mission is to be the foremost authority on contemporary and historic stained glass in Britain ... The Society has been running lectures and events to encourage high standards in the art and craft of glass painting since its inception a hundred years ago. They form a key aspect of our education brief as well as offering networking opportunities for practitioners, historians, collectors and enthusiasts. We offer three lectures a year, a touring conference, regional walk and talks and occasional themed conferences and exhibitions.'

'Exists to promote the study, practice and teaching of western calligraphy in all its forms, and to generate awareness and appreciation among the wider public ... We offer both individual and group memberships.'

'The heart of pottery, clay & ceramics in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties ... Well respected local and international potters discuss and demonstrate their work & skills at our regular monthly meetings, from October to May ... Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a professional potter, an art student, tutor or technician, a collector, a beginner, or just interested in studio pottery, you will find a warm welcome amongst others with similar interests.'

'The Embroiderers' Guild exists to build awareness of stitch and textile art. We educate, encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence ... We have a number of independent stitch groups who are affiliated to the Embroiderers' Guild.'

'The Embroiderers' Guild exists to build awareness of stitch and textile art. We educate, encourage, inspire and promote the achievement of excellence ... We have a number of independent stitch groups who are affiliated to the Embroiderers' Guild.' (NOTE At the time of Review, the Guild no longer provided Links to the Websites of their affiliated Groups.)

'The oldest society dedicated to the study of British ceramics and enamels. Members interested in ceramics at all levels of knowledge are always made welcome. Founded in 1927, we aim to advance knowledge by presenting new research on these subjects at our meetings and by publishing this research. The Circle`s worldwide membership embraces collectors, curators, archaeologists, potters, auctioneers, dealers, social historians and all those with an interest in the history of ceramics made in the British Isles.'  ECC benefits include 'regular convivial meetings with talks on new research by ceramic experts'.

'Celebrating the history of fans and the art of fan making ... Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day. Our collections are displayed in changing exhibitions exploring the different themes which have inspired fan makers throughout history: politics, fashion, fine art and architecture to name but a few.'

'The Society holds an annual Geoffrey de Bellaigue Lecture, named after our distinguished former president, and a biennial symposium. These are open to all ... From newcomers to experts, everyone is welcome on study days, handling sessions, visits to museums and collectors, and on foreign trips, where we have fun exploring French porcelain in a sociable atmosphere among like-minded friends.'

'Since the NCS was founded in 1972, we have become the society for people who love pots.  Our main focus is on British pottery and porcelain from 1600 to the present day. The NCS is open to everyone and our membership is worldwide. We share the latest ceramic news and research though our meetings, seminars, publications, exhibitions and website. Collectors, dealers, museum staff, auctioneers, ceramic historians, and archaeologists are all current members and you, whatever your ceramic interests, are most welcome to join us.'

Founded 1921: 'A small group of like-minded, passionate collectors and experts gathered together to discuss, exchange ideas and write about Asian art. The OCS is now the oldest and foremost society in the world focused on Asian art ... Each year, the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) curates a series of lectures that are given by distinguished scholars. These talks are scheduled once a month in the evening and are usually held in the Society of Antiquaries at The Royal Academy in Piccadilly'.

'Founded in 1979 by a group of quilting enthusiasts and has grown from a founding membership of 300 to over 6,500 individual members today ... Each of our regions provide a programme of talks and events and every year at least two or three regions organise exhibitions and retreats. The five special interest groups cater for special interests with challenges, meetings, retreats and summer schools.'

'The International Centre of Excellence for the Art of Hand Embroidery since 1872 ... We offer a thriving education programme for everyone from beginner to degree level. We teach Online and onsite at venues across the UK in Hampton Court Palace (London), Portsmouth, Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow as well as internationally in America and Japan. We also host an annual Summer School ... The RSN also hosts Online Talks featuring some of our 4,000 Textile Collection pieces which gives attendees the opportunity to see some of the stunning, and often rare, pieces in close detail. Our exclusive Talks focus on life at the RSN both past and present, our acclaimed methods of teaching and the embroidery techniques we’re most famous for.'

'A UK-based educational charity dedicated to traditional and contemporary bookbinding and to the preservation and conservation of the printed and written word. The Society is organised into eight UK regions plus an overseas group. The UK regions hold regular meetings at which masterclasses, lectures and demonstrations are given on various bookbinding or binding-related subjects and techniques. The regions also hold social events, organise visits and exhibitions and represent the SoB at local book and craft fairs.'

'Formed in 1977 with the aim of stimulating the growing international interest in jewellery of all ages and cultures by publishing new research and by bringing together those seriously interested in the subject, whether in a professional or private capacity. The membership includes archaeologists, museum specialists, collectors, art historians, dealers, gemmologists, practising jewellers and designers, scientists and restorers, all united by their enthusiasm for the subject ... The Society runs a Programme of lectures from September to June, inviting speakers from many different disciplines and many parts of the world. The lectures are usually held in London.'

'Formed in 1948 with the object to encourage, develop and promote the study and practice of the art and science of Ornamental Turning. There are now around three hundred members world-wide. Quarterly meetings are held in London where members display examples of their work, share their experiences and attend lectures or demonstrations. Seminars and visits to places of interest are also arranged.'

'A leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Our events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.'

'The national society promoting the study and conservation of tiles and architectural ceramics ... Tiles are all around us for everyone to enjoy. Ceramic tiles cover walls and floors, roofs and pavements, furniture and stoves, and can be seen in churches and mosques, pubs and shops, hospitals and homes. They are often combined with other forms of ceramics such as terracotta, faience and mosaic ... An international membership of individuals and institutions is drawn from the fields of tile museums, conservation, manufacturing (both industrial and craft), architecture, design, tile collecting and antiques.'

'The York Art Workers' Association is an eclectic group of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone with a keen interest or appreciation of art & design. We exist to extend and share our knowledge and experience through a programme of monthly talks ... We also organise occasional courses, workshops, outings & social events. Our talks are open anyone with an interest in the arts.'

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