The Tools & Trades History Society Library

The Tools and Trades History Society (TATHS) was founded in 1983 to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and advance the education of the general public in the history and development of hand tools and their uses, and of the people and trades that used them.

The Society's Library is housed at the Museum of English Rural Life and is managed by the TATHS Librarian. The collection includes books, manuals, trade catalogues, periodicals and pamphlets relating to hand tools for wood carving and turning, furniture making, boot and shoe making, carpentry and joinery and many other types of crafts and trades.

Books and periodicals relating to hand tools can also be found in the main MERL library collection.

More information

  • Please see the Tools & Trades History Society Library web page for more information and to view the current library catalogue.
  • This collection is held in closed access and items for consultation need to be requested at the Special Collections Service reading room desk.

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