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. Helen Milbank: production@bhi.co.uk

 


2022

St Albans Clock Club. Meetings suspended until further notice in light of the Covid-19 situation. Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

January

8 – Scotland Branch. Meeting hall and Virtual. Bring & Discuss. 2pm, Harry Younger Hall, 13 Lochend Court, Edinburgh, EH8 8BP. Contact the Branch secretary for details: secretary.bhi.scotland@gmail.com

11 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

February

2 – Wessex. ‘JP Paine and the Emergence of Back-Illuminated Dials’, Dr James Nye FSA. 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY. This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the secretary, Richard Steedman, for details at richard.steedman@btinternet.com.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

12 – Scotland Branch. Meeting hall and Virtual. ‘The Binns Clock’, Mark Crangle, Cumbria Clock Co. 2pm, Harry Younger Hall, 13 Lochend Court, Edinburgh, EH8 8BP. Contact the Branch secretary for details: secretary.bhi.scotland@gmail.com

March

2 – South West Branch. AGM and the Mick Watters Memorial Lecture. A demonstration by Owen Gilchrist, ‘A Swiss Pocket Watch with Complications’, the disassembly, explanation and reassembly of the complications; 7.30pm, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 4NP.

2 – Wessex Branch. Duncan Greig: ‘A Trip Across the Pond’, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.
This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the secretary for details.

9 – Cheltenham Branch. ‘A Presentation on a Gloucester Clock’, Michael Richards. 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

7 – Manchester Clock Club. Maple Library (unless COVID-19 prevents it, otherwise via Zoom). To join our mailing list and for details please contact Derek McComiskey on derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or call 0161 427 0350.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

12 – Scotland Branch. Meeting hall and Virtual. ‘Swing Time – Making a Wooden Pendulum Clock’, George Johnston. 2pm, Harry Younger Hall, 13 Lochend Court, Edinburgh, EH8 8BP. Contact the Branch secretary for details: secretary.bhi.scotland@gmail.com

12 – South London Branch. The John Hatt auction will be held at The White Hart Barn in Godstone RH9 8DU. The event starts at 2.30pm, with viewing from 12.30pm, auctioning the late John Hatt’s effects. This is the second of three auctions as this collection is vast; to include tools, lathes, parts and equipment. This is a private auction and is therefore only open to members of the BHI, BHI Branches, West Dean College, and students from the Birmingham School of Horology or Epping Forest Horology Centre. Please bring £3 registration fee plus proof of BHI or South London Branch membership to receive a bidding number. Light refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available. For more details contact James Marten, email jamesnmarten@aol.com

14 – Leicester Branch. ‘John Harrison and Longitude’ – a presentation by Colin Fergusson. 7.30 pm at the BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue Leicester LE3 1LE.

22 – Oxford Branch. Talk by David Cottrell entitled ‘Creating a slow tourbillon (why it is worth the effort)’. As many will know, David began after reading George Daniels’ book ‘Watchmaking’, and for his first watch made a tourbillon in the style of the master. This talk discusses his latest watch. Wearing of masks is at your discretion, and the venue is The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JD at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. If you have any items of interest to discuss or for sale please bring them along in good time, i.e. 7.30pm. The postcode is for the car park, which can be accessed from Abbey Place. As you pass Waitrose on your left in Abbey Place, bear to the right round the side of the Abbey House Council offices. The Guild Hall is in front of you and the entrance to the car park is at the left hand end of this building.

April

6 – Wessex Branch. Crispin Maciejewski: ‘Wristwatches’, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY. This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the secretary for details: richard.steedman@btinternet.com

9 – Scotland Branch. Meeting hall and Virtual. ‘Ritchie Clocks’, Eddy Odell, Professor of oral pathology and medicine KCL. 2pm, Harry Younger Hall, 13 Lochend Court, Edinburgh, EH8 8BP.

11 – Leicester Branch. ‘Lady Pioneers of the BAA (British Astronomical Association)’. Another fascinating insight in the world of Astronomy from Mike Frost. 7.30pm at the BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue Leicester LE3 1LE.

12 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

13 – Cheltenham Branch. Steve Phillips ‘[his] Clock and Orreries’, 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

24 – Bristol Branch. The first of its West Country Clock & Watch Fairs will be held on Sunday 24 April, 2022 at the Holiday Inn Taunton, Somerset, just off the M5 Jct 25. Everyone is welcome, admission from 9am. Entrance £3, fair closes at 2.30pm. Email oegwatchrepairer@talktalk.net and enquiries@westcountryclockfairs.co.uk; or visit www.westcountryclockfairs.co.uk. A second fair will take place on Sunday 20 November 2022.

30 – Cheltenham Branch. Clock and Watch Fair. Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

May

4 – South West Branch. David Poole – ‘A complicated table regulator’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

4 – Wessex Branch. Auction: Viewing from 6:30pm, Auction 7:30pm – 10pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY. Registration charge £3 includes refreshments. Please contact the Secretary, Richard Steedman, for details at richard.steedman@gmail.com

9 – Manchester Clock Club. Colin Andrews FBHI of the Great British Watch Company will talk about ‘The Spitfire Watch at Marple Library’ (unless Covid prevents it, otherwise via Zoom). To join the mailing list and for further details please email Derek McComiskey at derek@marpleclocks.co.uk or call 0161 427 0350.

10 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

11 – Cheltenham Branch. ‘Black Marble Clocks for the Connoisseur’, Bill Wolmuth, 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

14 – Scotland Branch. Meeting hall and Virtual. ‘IWC Calibre 71/72 ‘Fishtail’ Pocket Wacthes’, Owen Gilchrist, BHI Bristol Branch. 2pm, Harry Younger Hall, 13 Lochend Court, Edinburgh, EH8 8BP. Contact the Branch secretary for details: secretary.bhi.scotland@gmail.com

24 – Oxford Branch. Chris Papworth: ‘Essex Clockmakers’. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JD, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. If you have any items of interest to discuss or for sale please bring them along in good time, i.e. 7.30pm. The postcode is for the car park, which can be accessed from Abbey Place. Contact Dave Hamer for more details on dwm.hamer@gmail.com.

June

1 – South West Branch. David Thompson – ‘JP Morgan: the man and his collection’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

1 – Wessex Branch. The 2nd Andrew James Memorial Lecture – Oliver Cooke: ‘A Revolutionary Breguet Clock’, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.
Refreshments will be provided. This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the Secretary, Richard Steedman, for details at richard.steedman@gmail.com

8 – Cheltenham Branch. Outing to RAF Cosford. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

14 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

28 – Oxford Branch. David Hamer: ‘The work and collection of Peter Barker OBE, including perpetual calendar innovations’. The Minstrels Gallery at The Crown & Thistle Hotel, 18 Bridge Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JD, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. If you have any items of interest to discuss or for sale please bring them along in good time, i.e. 7.30pm. The postcode is for the car park, which can be accessed from Abbey Place. Contact Dave Hamer for more details on dwm.hamer@gmail.com.

July

August

September

7 – South West Branch. Tobias Birch – ‘Thomas Mudge and William Dutton, a perfect partnership’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

7 – Wessex Branch. Dr David Rooney: ‘About Time: A History of Civilisation in 12 Clocks,’ 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY. This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the secretary, Richard Steedman, for details, email richard.steedman@gmail.com.

13 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

14 – Cheltenham Branch. ‘Horological Experiments III’, Malcolm Pipes, 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

October

5 – Wessex Branch. David Wood-Heath: ‘Engine Turning,’ 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY. This meeting will also be accessible via Zoom – please contact the secretary, Richard Steedman, for details, email richard.steedman@gmail.com.

11 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

12 – Cheltenham Branch. Speaker TBA, 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

22 – South West Branch. Auction in Exeter School’s Assembly Hall for the Westcountry Horological Trust. View 10am to noon; auction 12.30pm. Contact davidalan.dawson77@gmail.com or call 01626 779167/07786 035052 for details.

November

2 – South West Branch. George Thomas and Wayne Ridgeway – ‘Steam Trains’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

9 – Cheltenham Branch. Members’ Night and AGM, 7.30pm, Parklands Community Centre, Wyman’s Road, Cheltenham GL52 5PR. Contact the Branch secretary Denise Hargreaves for details: dkah26@gmail.com or call 01594 825662 / 07503 212449

14 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

December

7 – South West Branch. Bring and discuss. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

13 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. 7.30pm, Ruskin Centre, St Helens.

 

2023

January

4 – South West Branch. Phillip Gale – ‘Lost, found and restored: a Daniel Quare bracket clock’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

12 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). London lecture, 6.15pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, City of London, EC3R 8EE. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

February

1 – South West Branch. Lewis Spiller – ‘The pandemic: three years in retail’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

March

1 – South West Branch. AGM and The Mick Watters Memorial Lecture, Dr James Nye – ‘Edmund Howard (1710-98), a Quaker clockmaker in Chelsea’. Daw Building at Exeter School (EX2 4NP) at 7.45pm. Please see www.bhiswbranch.co.uk for further details and updates.

9 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). London lecture, 6.15pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, City of London, EC3R 8EE. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

April

May

9 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). AGM, full day, Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

June

July

13 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). London lecture, 6.15pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, City of London, EC3R 8EE. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

August

September

14 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). London lecture, 6.15pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, City of London, EC3R 8EE. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

October

November

9 – Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS). London lecture, 6.15pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, City of London, EC3R 8EE. Find out more at www.ahsoc.org

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