Individual membership

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Three levels of membership

The BHI offers three levels of individual membership: Associate, Member (MBHI) and Fellow (FBHI). Members and Fellows are collectively referred to as accredited members.

Associate membership

Associate membership is open to anyone and is the normal entry route for individual membership.

Accredited membership

Any associate member with relevant horological knowledge and skills can apply to the Institute for accredited status.

There are two levels of accredited membership; Member (MBHI) and Fellow (FBHI).

For further details see upgrading.

Overseas membership

Associate membership.  The BHI always welcomes applications for associate membership from non-residents of the UK.

Accredited membership.  The Institute cannot guarantee its ability to offer accredited status to non-residents of the UK. This is because, unfortunately, we cannot always gauge accurately whether or not the horological credentials of an overseas applicant will meet our published accreditation standards; and it is simply not cost-effective for the Institute to try to attempt to investigate the standards of every comparable institution or awarding body in the world. However, we do guarantee to consider each application on its individual merits. For more information on upgrading you should contact the Institute directly.

The Overseas supplement.  All overseas members pay an annual supplement on their membership fees which is designed to cover the extra costs of international postage (primarily for The Horological Journal).


The process of moving from Associate to Accredited membership is referred to as ‘upgrading’.

It is encumbent on an associate member wishing to upgrade to MBHI or FBHI to provide the Institute with evidence of his or her relevant horological knowledge and skills. This evidence, which can take many forms (from formal qualifications to practical experience ‘at the bench’), is assessed in the first instance by the Institute’s Upgrading Committee. For more information you should contact the Institute directly.

Benefits of individual membership

  • As a BHI member, you profit exclusively from a variety of special benefits. They include the following.
  • You receive free monthly copies of The Horological Journal, with news, learned articles, detailed studies and technical updates.
  • You have privileged access to the collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces of the BHI Museum Trust.
  • You have the advantage of being able to consult the BHI library and archives.
  • You can take part in education programmes and attend training courses, seminars and forums.
  • You are able to buy the BHI distance learning course and work directly with qualified tutors.
  • You can sit examinations that lead to recognised professional qualifications in clock and watchmaking.
  • You are part of a worldwide organisation of like-minded people with opportunities for local, regional, national and international contacts and support.
  • You have access to the Members’ Area of the BHI website, which includes the Members’ Forum and downloadable back issues of The Horological Journal.

Apply to Join

For more information about individual membership, which is reasonably priced, please contact Zanna Perry, +44 (0)1636 817603 or or download the registration form here and return it to us.

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