The BHI Museum Trust has acquired the workshop of a man who many consider to be the last, and finest example, of England’s traditional case makers and is now planning to reconstruct it in Upton Hall.
The case maker was Martin Matthews. And for four generations his family worked in Clerkenwell turning sheets of silver into outstanding cases. Martin’s workshop was unique with some tools and equipment dating back to the early 19th century and he was extremely keen to see it kept intact. So, after his death in 2013, the family generously offered it to the BHI Museum Trust for a fraction of its true value. It has been kept in the Trust’s stores ever since awaiting the identification of suitable space in Upton Hall.
The planned reconstruction within Upton Hall is intended to show people how London watchmakers worked. We also intend to allow contemporary watchmakers to use the workshop as a teaching vehicle so that they can learn more about the ways of the old masters.