The BHI Today
Training clock and watch makers since 1858
Welcome to the BHI
First and foremost, the BHI is a worldwide membership organisation, which exists to educate and train horologists, that is people who make, repair, service, conserve and restore instruments that measure time. In other words, clock and watchmakers and indeed those who enjoy horology just as a hobby.
First established in 1858, the BHI still fulfils its original functions. We set worldwide standards of horological practice and we provide training and education for current and future generations of horologists.
As a BHI member, UK or overseas, you profit exclusively from a variety of special benefits.
They include the following.
- 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.
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Training and education
Horology is a vibrant profession and skilled craft offering great career opportunities. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a professional clock repairer, an experienced watchmaker, a seasoned trader or an avid collector, the BHI can help you develop your knowledge and skills.
You can choose from two different types of learning – practical short courses and long-term distance learning. You can also take exams for a diploma qualification that can lead to an accredited status.
Distance Learning Courses
You will find BHI branches across
the UK. The branches are autonomous. They are set up ‘by the members for the members’, invariably relying for their existence on the energy and commitment of dedicated volunteers, and succeed accordingly.
The first BHI branch was established shortly after the Second World War. It was an initiative that was quickly replicated up and down the country. More recently we have begun to see BHI representatives establish groups overseas.
You can join any branch. If you are lucky enough to live within reasonable travelling distance of a vibrant BHI branch you should try sampling one of their events. You will always find a warm welcome.
You will find branch contact details and events information on the website and in the The Horological Journal.
Find out more about branches near you