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Horological Events Calendar

There are many fascinating events hosted by BHI Branches across the country, including talks by professionals and amateurs keen to share their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Support your local Branch by attending the meetings and keeping an eye out for auctions and excursions.

We also post listings about upcoming events from the BHI, Museum of Timekeeping and other horological societies and clubs.

If you have an event that you’d like to share here we’d love to hear from you – email Helen Milbank at production@bhi.co.uk

 


2024

A note from the South West Branch: As of now, we will meet on the second Wednesday in the month (see below for details).

A note from the South London Branch: As of now, meetings will revert to the first Thursday of the month, at the White Hart Barn (Godstone Village Hall), Godstone, Surrey RH9 8DU. All meetings 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

A note from the South West Branch: Until further notice, all meetings of the South West Branch will be held at the Countess Wear Village Hall, 28 School Lane, EX2 6LB at 7.45pm.

 

February 2024

27 – Ipswich and District Branch – AGM & Book Binding with Ian Coote. This event will take place at the Branch’s headquarters at Bramford, in the church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AT. For details please contact richardstretch@btinternet.com

March 2024

4 – Manchester Clock Club meeting – for venue details please email derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

6 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘The Engine Turners of Clerkenwell’ – Seth Kennedy; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

7 – South London Branch. A.G.M. followed by David Rooney: ‘Sir John Bennett; His Impact on Horology’ – at The White Hart Barn, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU, 7.30pm for 8pm. For details please contact barnaby.smi3th@gmail.com

9 – Talk by Dr Rebecca Struthers at the Company of Merchant Taylors International Women’s Day Dinner in York. For details please email sally.hobbs1@gmail.com

9 – Scotland Branch.‘Bring & Discuss’ at The Canons’ Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ. For more information visit https://bhiscotland.com/events/

12 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; AGM. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

13 – South West Branch – AGM & The Mick Watters Memorial Lecture. David Thompson: ‘Rev. Henry Leonard Nelthrop: Author, Collector and Benefactor’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

17 – Yorkshire Branch – meeting, 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the top floor meeting room, Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP. Tel: 01858 707123 or email secretary@yorkshirebhi.uk

26 – Ipswich and District Branch – Geoff Knight: A Knight with the stars. This event will take place at the Branch’s headquarters at Bramford, in the church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AT. For details please contact richardstretch@btinternet.com

31 – Spring Forward Show at Upton Hall – 10am to 4pm, visit https://www.museumoftimekeeping.org.uk

April 2024

3 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘Clock and Watchmakers of Stow in the Wold’ – Barnaby Smith; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

4 – South London Branch. Talk by Stephen Phillips: ‘The Antikithra Mechanism & a Modern Reproduction’ – at The White Hart Barn, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU, 7.30pm for 8pm. For details please contact barnaby.smi3th@gmail.com

9 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

10 – South West Branch – David Rooney: ‘About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

13 – Scotland Branch. Subject TBC, at The Canons’ Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ. For more information visit https://bhiscotland.com/events/

21 – Ipswich and District Branch – Essex Clock & Watch Fair; 9am (no early entry); admission £3, £2.50 after 12pm. A huge assortment of clocks, watches, tools, books and related items. Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. Just off the A12 at its junction with the A120. For further details please email clockfair@ipswichbhi.org.uk

23 – Ipswich and District Branch – Brian Kerridge: Conversation about Conservation. This event will take place at the Branch’s headquarters at Bramford, in the church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AT. For details please contact richardstretch@btinternet.com

28 – Bristol Branch. West Country Clock & Watch Fair at the Taunton Holiday Inn. For details see the Branch’s new website www.bhibristol.co.uk

May 2024

1 – St Albans Clock Club. Bring & Discuss; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

2 – South London Branch. West Dean Students’ Presentations. PLEASE NOTE: there is a change of venue for this evening, which will now be held at The Soper Hall Community Centre, Harestone Valley Road, Caterham CR3 6HY, 7.30pm for 8pm. For details please contact barnaby.smi3th@gmail.com

8 – South West Branch – David Poole: ‘Antiquarian Horology – Clues for the Future’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

11 – Scotland Branch. Cumbria Clock Company Factory Tour with Keith Scobie Youngs. For more information visit https://bhiscotland.com/events/

13 – Manchester Clock Club meeting – for venue details please email derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

14 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

18 – Cheltenham Branch. Clock, Watch & Tool Fair at The Reddings and District Community Association, North Road West, The Reddings, Cheltenham GL51 6RF. For more information please contact richardmstuart@outlook.com

19 – Yorkshire Branch – meeting, 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the top floor meeting room, Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP. Tel: 01858 707123 or email secretary@yorkshirebhi.uk

28 – Ipswich and District Branch – Members’ night. This event will take place at the Branch’s headquarters at Bramford, in the church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AT. For details please contact richardstretch@btinternet.com

June 2024

5 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘John Bennett, a nineteenth century English watchmaker and entrepreneur’ – David Rooney. 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

5 – South London Branch. Talk by Barnaby Smith: ‘Clockmakers & Watchmakers of Stow on the Wold’ – at The White Hart Barn, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU, 7.30pm for 8pm. For details please contact barnaby.smi3th@gmail.com

11 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

12 – South West Branch – Oliver Cooke: ‘Sundials at the British Museum’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

22 – WatchIt! Watch Fair at the Village Hotel Solihull, 11am to 4pm. Find out more about the Fair at https://12and60.com/watchit/ and find out more about the venue at https://www.village-hotels.co.uk/solihull

July 2024

1 – Manchester Clock Club meeting – for venue details please email derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

3 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘Which Regulator?’ – David Poole. 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

4 – South London Branch. Talk by Doug Bateman: ‘Timekeeping: A Hobby of a Lifetime’ – at The White Hart Barn, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU, 7.30pm for 8pm. For details please contact barnaby.smi3th@gmail.com

10 – South West Branch – Peter Watkinson FBHI: ‘Gyrocompasses’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

21 – Yorkshire Branch – Roger Marcuson: ‘Thirty Hour Clocks with Second Hands’. 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the top floor meeting room, Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP. Tel: 01858 707123 or email secretary@yorkshirebhi.uk

August 2024

Date TBC – South West Branch – The Philip Gale Memorial Outing to Exeter Museum (date and venue TBC). For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

7 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘Daniel Quare (1649-1724): Yorkshireman, activist, Quaker horologist and businessman’ – Dr Ann McBroom. Meeting online only and for Club members only. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

September 2024

2 – Manchester Clock Club meeting – for venue details please email derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

4 – St Albans Clock Club. Bring & Discuss and Buy or Sell; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

11 – South West Branch – David Force’s Antiques Quiz. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

15 – Yorkshire Branch – meeting, 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the top floor meeting room, Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP. Tel: 01858 707123 or email secretary@yorkshirebhi.uk

October 2024

2 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘James Ferguson, his clocks and orreries’ – Steve Phillips; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

9 – South West Branch – David Thompson: ‘Thomas Mudge: Devon boy made good’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

November 2024

4 – Manchester Clock Club meeting – for venue details please email derek@marpleclocks.co.uk

6 – St Albans Clock Club. ‘The Biography of a Black Forest Organ Clock – Richard Constable’; 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

10 – Bristol Branch. West Country Clock & Watch Fair at the Taunton Holiday Inn. For details see the Branch’s new website www.bhibristol.co.uk

12 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

13 – South West Branch – Tony Glover: ‘Gold teeth, the lost wax technique, along with useful dental instruments for the horologist’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

17 – Yorkshire Branch – meeting, 1pm for a 1.30pm start at the top floor meeting room, Bradford Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP. Tel: 01858 707123 or email secretary@yorkshirebhi.uk

December 2024

4 – St Albans Clock Club. Members’ Evening – AGM (15 minutes only) followed by Christmas Fayre with Bring & Buy. 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. For further information contact Bill Wolmuth on 07802 696777.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire BHI Branch meeting; programme to be decided. For further details please email John Griffiths, Hon. Branch Secretary, on johngriffiths.horologist@gmail.com

12 – South West Branch – Bring and Discuss. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

 

2025

February 2025

12 – South West Branch – Lewis Spiller: ‘Four years in retail: Retail, lockdown, recession and double bypass’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

March 2025

11 – South West Branch – AGM and The Mick Watters Memorial Lecture. David Thompson: ‘The Shogun’s Clock’. For more details contact Martin Dickinson MBHI, email tindi4@icloud.com or visit www.bhiswbranch.co.uk

Upcoming events

Spring Forward Show at the Museum of Timekeeping

31 March 2024

Put the date in your diary – more news on the day’s events at Upton Hall coming soon.

Tickets will be available to buy upon arrival at the entrance to Upton Hall, priced at £10 for adults, under 14s are admitted free. Timekeepers Club Members pay £5; Art Pass holders also pay £5, and BHI Members pay £4.

https://www.museumoftimekeeping.org.uk

 

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