‘Once Upon A Time!’ at the BHI Museum Spring Forward Show

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Sunday 26 March 2017, 10am-4pm

Join us the day the clocks ‘spring forward’ this March and discover more about clocks, watches and timepieces that have inspired generations of popular stories, songs and poetry.

It takes place at the home of the BHI Museum, at Upton Hall in Nottinghamshire, near Newark-on-Trent, on Sunday 26 March 2017, 10am-4pm, the day the clocks go forward one hour marking the start of British Summer Time.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, which falls on the same day, we’ll be taking a look at a range of time inspired magical tales, mysterious wonders, traditional nursery rhymes and childhood favourites- many of which we all know and love.  The event will reveal some of literature’s hidden histories, inspiration and links with timekeeping, showcased alongside a fascinating array of clocks, watches and timepieces from the museum’s collection to bring popular writings to life.

During the event visitors can discover more about the Museum’s fascinating collections of antique and contemporary clocks and watches, and explore the secrets behind and inside many of the museum’s ticking treasures- with live clock and watch making demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

There will be hands-on activities for the whole family including a ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ trail, craft activities, and the opportunity to test your knowledge in our famous literary clocks quiz!  Visitors can also browse a selection of craft and clock and watch inspired stalls, and try delicious homemade treats courtesy of the Vintage ‘pop-up’ Clock House Café- perfect for Mother’s Day.

You’re sure to find something to inspire your imagination!



  • £5.00 per person
  • BHI Members £3.00
  • Children under 16 free
  • Free parking

Tickets in advance via our Eventbrite page:

Tickets also available on the day on the door- payment by cash or cheque only.

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At the British Horological Institute, Upton Hall, Main Street, Upton, Newark NG23 5TE

For Further information please contact Eleanor Baumber, Museum Manager at bhimuseum@bhi.co.uk or telephone 01636 817 601.

Issued: Monday 6 February 2017

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