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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. Rachel Reeves: rachel@bhi.co.uk

 


2020

January

2 – South London Branch. Speaker Duncan Greig, ‘Comparison of Early Tompions’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

7 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

8 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Bill Wolmuth, ‘Clock Keys’, and Bring, Discuss, Buy & Sell on clock keys. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

11 – Scotland Branch. Dr Tacye Phillipson, National Museum of Scotland, ‘The 1662 Bruce-Oosterwijck Timepiece: Acquiring and Displaying the Relic of an Unsuccessful Quest for Longitude’ 2.00pm, Canons’ Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.

13 – Scotland Branch. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland lecture, speaker Dr John C. Taylor OBE Hon FBHI (horologist and inventor) and Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museum of Scotland), ‘David Ramsay: the King’s Chief Clockmaker’. Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland (Lothian Street entrance), Edinburgh, 6pm–8.00pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

18 – South West  Branch. 7.30pm, a winter warmer meal, Blue Ball Inn, Sidford. To book and choose from the menu, see bhiswbranch.co.uk or email billhitchings@hotmail.com, or phone 01395 579682. Closing date 10 January.  Limited B&B available, phone 01395 514062 to book a room directly with Blue Ball.

23 – Milton Keynes Branch. AGM, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, 1-29 Church Rd, Sherington, Newport Pagnell MK16 9PB.

23 – Bristol Branch. Speaker Mike Evans, ‘Hirsch Watch Straps’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

28 – Oxford Branch. AGM followed by speaker John Haine, ‘Restoration of a Turret Clock for the Wills Building in Bristol’. 7.30pm for 7.50pm start. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14  3JD.

 

February

5 – South West  Branch. Speaker David Force, Antiques Quiz, 7.45pm Exeter School, Manston Terrace, EX2 4NP.  For details/updates, see bhiswbranch.co.uk

5 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker David Rooney, ‘The Politics of Precision: Standard Time and Violent Protest 18841914′. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

6 – South London Branch. Speaker Graham Morse, ‘Three Restorations: Tales of Eighteenth-Century Survivals’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

8 – Scotland Branch. Bring & Discuss, 2pm, Canons’ Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.

10 – Leicester Branch. Branch AGM followed by talk TBA, 7:30pm, BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester, LE3 1LE.

10 – Lincolnshire Branch. Speaker Robert Loomes FBHI. Email m.ardron@outlook.com. 7.30pm Saxilby Church Hall, LN1 2PE.

11 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

12 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker Douglas Bateman, ‘John Harrison’, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

17 – Bristol Branch. Gardiner Houlgate, clock and watch auction. Private viewing at Corsham.

19 – North London Branch. Speaker Richard Fox, 6.30pm for 7pm start, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR.

25 – Oxford Branch. Speaker James from Overton Clocks, ’50 Years as a Clockie. 7.30pm for 7.50pm start. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14  3JD.

March

2 – Manchester Clock Club. 7.30pm, upstairs, Marple Library, Memorial Park, SK6 6BA. For details contact Derek at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or 0161 427 0350.

4 – South West Branch. AGM & Mick Watters Memorial Lecture, speaker David Thompson,  “A Multiplicitie of Forenniers, 1622 Petition to the King”, 7.45pm Exeter School, Manston Terrace, EX2 4NP.  For details/updates see bhiswbranch.co.uk.

4 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Stephen Doerr, ‘Some Early 30-Hour Provincial Clockmakers’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

5 – South London Branch. AGM followed by a practical demonstration from Keith Davis, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

9 –Leicester Branch. Speaker Bob Whitehurst, ‘The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers’, 7.30pm, The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Ave, Leicester LE3 1LE.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. AGM, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

11 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker Jeremy Hobbins, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

14 – Scotland Branch. Speaker Ashley Strachan, ‘Jean-Antoine Lépine’, venue tbc.

24 – Oxford Branch. Speaker Seth Kennedy, ‘Watch Case Making’, 7.30pm for 7.50pm start. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14  3JD.

30 – Bristol Branch. Speaker Malcolm Pipes FBHI, ‘Workshop Experiments 3’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

 

April

1 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker John Taylor, ‘The Impact of E. C Brewster & Co and His Follow-On Companies: Products in the British Market 18371855′, Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

2 – South London Branch. Speaker Rory McEvoy, ‘George Graham and His Orreries’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

8 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker Mike Frost, ‘Jeremiah Horrocks’, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

11 – Scotland Branch. Bring & Discuss. 2pm, Cellar Bar Function Room at the Canons’ Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.

14 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

27 – Bristol Branch. Speaker David Thompson FBHI, ‘Watches Made in Circa 1600’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

28 – Oxford Branch. Speaker Ivan Trotter, ‘Turning Balance Staffs’, 7.30pm for 7.50pm start. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14  3JD.

 

May

Scotland Branch. Visit to Edinburgh Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair, Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, EH28 8NB. Date TBC.

4 – Manchester Clock Club. 7.30pm, upstairs, Marple Library, Memorial Park, SK6 6BA. For details contact Derek at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or 0161 427 0350.

6 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Colin Fergusson, ‘Precision Clocks and Regulators’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

7 –South London Branch. Presentations from West Dean students, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

9 – Scotland Branc. Tbc.

Speaker George Johnston, ‘Making a Wooden Clock’, 2.00pm, Cellar Bar Function Room at the Canons’ Gait Bar, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ.

12 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

20 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker Malcolm Pipes, ‘Horological Experiments II’, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

20 – North London Branch. Speaker Keith Scobie-Youngs, 6.30pm for 7pm start, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR.

23 – South London Branch. Open Day, including practical and interactive clock repair demonstrations, displays, career information, sales and workshop tours. Free to attend and open to all. Soper Hall, Caterham, CR3 6HY. Open 10am, last admission 4pm.

Bristol Branch. No meeting.

June

3 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker David Rawlins, ‘Making and Repairing Clock Hands’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

4 – South London Branch. Speaker Seth Kennedy, ‘Watch Case Making’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

10 – Cheltenham Branch. Branch outing, Lime Park / Cuckooland Cheshire. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

23 – Oxford Branch. Speaker David Cottrell, ‘Designing/Making My Second Pocket Watch’,  7.30pm for 7.50pm start. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14  3JD.

29 – Bristol Branch. Speaker Mike Cardew FBHI, ‘Watchmaking and Design’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

 

July

1 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Tim Richman Gadoffre, ‘The Clocks of Karl Faberge’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

2 – South London Branch. Speaker Peter Gosnell, ‘Joseph Ives and His Lever Spring Clock’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

4 – Cheltenham Branch. Branch Clock and Watch Fair. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

6 – Manchester Clock Club. 7.30pm, upstairs, Marple Library, Memorial Park, SK6 6BA. For details contact Derek at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or 0161 427 0350.

27 – Bristol Branch.  Members Assortment, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

28 – South London Branch. Visit to Belmont House.

 

August

5 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker John Ward, ‘Bracket Clock Cases: How They Were Constructed and Their Restoration’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

6 – South London Branch. Speaker Justin Koullapis, ‘Restoring a Friend’s Longcase’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

19 – North London Branch. Speaker tbc, 6.30pm for 7pm start, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR.

Bristol Branch. No meeting.

 

September

2 – St Albans Clock Club. German Clocks: Bring & Discuss. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

3 – South London Branch. The Beresford Hutchinson Lecture, speakers Ron Rose and Robert Wren, ‘Memories of Clerkenwell’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

7 – Manchester Clock Club. 7.30pm, upstairs, Marple Library, Memorial Park, SK6 6BA. For details contact Derek at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or 0161 427 0350.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

9 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker David Cottrell, ‘Tourbillon Watch Project’, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

28 – Bristol Branch. Speaker Richard Edwards, ‘The History of the Automatic Watch’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

South London Branch. A walk around Clerkenwell. Details TBC.

October

1 – South London Branch. Speaker Gordon Hoare, ‘A Tale of Two Chronometers’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

7 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Peter Gosnell, ‘Patent Eight-Day Automatic Alarm Clocks, circa 18501920′. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

13 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

21 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker Francesca Roberts, ‘Snowshill Collection’, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

26 – Bristol Branch. Speaker Doug Bateman FBHI, ‘The Greenwich Time Ball’, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

 

November

2 – Manchester Clock Club. 7.30pm, upstairs, Marple Library, Memorial Park, SK6 6BA. For details contact Derek at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or 0161 427 0350.

4 – St Albans Clock Club. Speaker Keith Scobie-Youngs, ‘L0ndon Turret Clockmakers in the Eighteenth Century’. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

5 – South London Branch. Branch auction, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. TBA, 7.30pm, The Ruskin Centre, St Helens, WA10 6RP.

11 – Cheltenham Branch. AGM and Members’ Night, 7pm for 7.30pm start, CACSSA, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL. Contact Denise, dkah26@gmail.com / 01594 825662 / 0750 3212 449.

30 – Bristol Branch. AGM and speaker David Spicer Hon MBHI ‘1960s F1 Motor Racing’, 7.30pm, Globe Inn, Newton St Loe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9BB.

 

December

2 – St Albans Clock Club. AGM (20 minutes only) followed by Christmas Fayre with a Bring & Buy and Members’ Evening. Doors at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, The Garden Room, The Methodist Church, North Common, Redbourn, Herts, AL3 7BU. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

3 – South London Branch. The Branch’s George Daniels Memorial Lecture, speaker Roger W. Smith, ‘The Development of the Mechanical Watch’, 7.30pm for 8pm start, The White Hart Barn, Godstone Village Hall, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DU.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. Christmas Social.

Bristol Branch. No meeting.

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