News Update and Meetings
ISASC(E) also holds regular meetings, where talks are given on interesting topics, and scales and weights can be compared, exchanged, and sometimes even bought and sold. The main reason for going is of course to meet friends old and new!

Postage charges from UK went up in November 2017 and March 2018. The Society aims to keep subscription and postage surcharges steady for as long as possible. We are very interested in any examples of damaged or undelivered mailings, so that we can make the proper claim. Please get in touch via the phone and Email contacts in your Membership List if you suspect something has gone astray.


EQM 4 /2018 was posted from our Norfolk UK distribution nexus on Monday 17th December 2018, so please expect it with your Christmas Post or soon after.

EQM 3 of 2018 contains a major article from Andre S on The Celler Egg Sorting Scale, Part 4 of Jan B's survey of letter opener scales, and two stunning back-page photos of members' collections on display.

EQM 2 of 2018 was posted on 19th June from UK. The front cover photo features a penny-weighing machine from Continental Scale Works in Chicago, comprising brass steelyard, bucket and folding tripod. The articles inside comprise 'McGiehan's Unique Postal', 'Rikkers Airmail Letter Scale', 'Mordan Style Sovereign Rockers', 'Letter Opener Scales', 'From the Collection of...' and an 'Old Advert' from the firm of Wrigley of Chicago (yes the famous chewing-gum people). The colour photos and illustrations are both informative and great to look at!

Issue 1 in March 2018 had a stunning colour photo on the cover and more inside, pages 4441-4468 contain some interesting USA Mint scales noted almost fortuitously by Thomas A, a wonderful article on chondrometers / grain weighing scales by Diana C-H, with a full treatment of the Scottish firm of Alexander Adie & Son, A Special Swedish Letter Scale described by Andre S and Roland O, Part 2 of Jan B's Letter Opening Scales and a really lovely item from Bill and Jan's collection in the form of a Troemner solder balance from the early 1900s.

Sharp-eyed readers will note that I've redacted some surnames above, because the European Chapter is currently working towards the European General Data Protection Regulation, coming into legal force on 25th May 2018. We're already data-aware, but expect some email and written communications soon about how the Society holds and processes your personal data, even if you're outside the geographical area of Europe.

As you may recall, our 2017 AGM was deferred because of insufficient members attending. In the last mailing of 2017 there was included a postal ballot to determine the business we need to transact for the sake of good governance. The result of this was that 28 members in good standing, and therefore a quorum, agreed to accept the business and the resolutions on the agenda. The amended Constitution has now been posted on this website. We had also set the date for a Summer meeting on Sunday 15th July 2018 at which it was possible to conclude the business of the deferred AGM. Officers remain the same, the accounts were accepted and there was no change to subscription rates.

Our Autumn meeting took place in the English Midlands on 8th October 2017, and we heard excellent talks on the 'Beale balance' (perhaps the earliest extant of Ludwig Oertling's scientific scales) and Barge Weighing and Gauging on British Canals - see here for an article derived from this latter presentation.

2016 brought the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the Society. We celebrated in a number of ways, particularly with our high-quality publication Equilibrium. Please consider sharing your knowledge by sending an article (with photos) to our hard-working Editor.

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Previous meetings:

July 2017 saw a visit to the Rural Scales and Weights Museum again, where 11 members and guests were able to take in the magnitude of the magnificaent collection housed here. Read more about it in Fulcrum !

Our 2016 AGM celebrated the 40 years of the Society, and also updated members on the Avery Museum and the Science Museum developments. Further details are in in Fulcrum !

A meeting was held again at the Rural Scales & Weights Museum in 2016.

In July 2015 members and guests attended an informal gathering courtesy of the Rural Scales and Weights Museum - old friends and a wonderful setting.

In early July 2015 another important auction took place at Stroud Auctions. Details of items sold and prices achieved were available electronically from the auction website for a short period - an area of great interest!

On Sunday 14th June 2015 we held a meeting in the depths of the English countryside and heard about some fascinating old items which members have collected, as well as new and interesting lines of research such as the digitisation of the photographic Jenemann archive. After a hearty traditional lunch members adjourned to a nearby house where one of the premier collections in the UK is kept. Many thanks to those organising and hosting the meeting.

Our yearly AGM for 2014 took place in Warwickshire in October and was a very enjoyable occasion. The theme of our display and talks was 'The Healthy Weigh' and covered Person Weighers for adults and babies, as well as weighing precisely for pharmaceutical research. Barry Oliver spoke with authority on both aspects of the subject, and others such as Peter Elliott and John Wintour were able to exhibit beautifully-restored examples of the artefacts themselves. These demonstrated the technology and workmanship of designers and manufacturers from 19th and 20th centuries. They also provided a web of social history illuminating the context in which the machines were used. Read more in Fulcrum !

Following the very successful Informal midweek meeting in July 2013, about 25 members returned to Gloucestershire for a get-together in July 2014. The weather was favourable, and everyone enjoyed the lunch and refereshments provided. Read more in Fulcrum !

Stroud Auction Rooms held a very interesting auction on 9th and 10th July featuring many Local Standards from Gloucestershire County Council and other nearby areas. Online catalogue for more details from http:/ giving details and prices realised of lots sold.

The auction held by Sworders including the Brian Brass Collection in June 2013 was also a great success.

Following that, in October, our AGM and main meeting was held near Warwick. Some fascinating talks, an update on the situation at the Avery Historical Museum and a superb hot carvery lunch made for an enjoyable day!