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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

Please note: Branch meetings for Leicester, Lincolnshire and Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire are suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

April

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

Contact Bill Wolmuth, 07802 696777.

1 – Wessex Branch. POSTPONED.

2 – South London Branch. CANCELLED.

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. CANCELLED.

14 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

16 – Kent Branch. Workshop Dispersal Auction, 8pm, Brents Tavern, Faversham, ME13 7DP.

19 – Bristol Branch Clock and Watch Fair. CANCELLED. See https://westcountryclockfairs.co.uk/ for updates.

23 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker John Haine, ‘Professor Robertson’s Clock’, covering the clock’s history, working principles, restoration and future, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

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

28 Lincolnshire Branch. Branch dinner. POSTPONED. Further date TBA.

28 – Ipswich Branch. Speaker John Hayes, ‘The Livery Companies of the City of London’, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ship Lane (B1067) Bramford, IP8 4AT. John Hayes is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, which he joined in 1976.

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.

29 – Dorset Clock Society. Speaker Seth Kennedy MBHI, ‘Pocket Watch Cases and Their Manufacture.’ 7pm for 7.30pm. Please note change of usual weekday and venue: Hinton Martell Village Hall, BH21 7HE.

 

May

Bristol Branch. No meeting.

 

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.

6 – Wessex Branch. Branch Auction. POSTPONED.

7 –South London Branch. CANCELLED.

9 – Scotland Branch. See BHI Scotland Branch website.

11 – Lincolnshire Branch. CANCELLED.

12 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

17 – Essex Clock and Watch Fair. CANCELLED.

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.

21 – Kent Branch. Members’ Evening, 8pm, Brents Tavern, Faversham, ME13 7DP.

23 – South London Branch. Open Day. CANCELLED, with reluctance.

26 – Ipswich Branch. Speaker David Penney, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ship Lane (B1067) Bramford, IP8 4AT.

28 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker John Ward, ‘Clock Case Clinic, Restoration, Refurbishment and Veneering’, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

30 – The St. Roche Lecture, West Dean College. Mikey Martin, ‘Inherent Vice: The History and Development of Night Clocks’ and Robert Wren MBHI, ‘The Things We’ve Seen and Done: Observations from a Lifetime of Horology’, 2pm, The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Contact details: 01243 818256  www.westdean.org.uk/events

 

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.

3 – Wessex Branch. The first Andrew James Lecture. Speaker Dr David Rooney, ‘The Politics of Precision: Standard Time and Violent Protest, 18841914′, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

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. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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

18 – Kent Branch. Guest speaker Richard West, 8pm, Brents Tavern, Faversham, ME13 7DP.

23 – Ipswich Branch. Members’ Evening, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ship Lane (B1067), Bramford, IP8 4AT.

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.

25 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker Richard Edwards, ‘Fusee Watches, Their Repair and Restoration’, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

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. POSTPONED.

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.

19 – Yorkshire Branch. Speaker Tommy Jobson of Jobson Clocks, 1pm for a 1.30pm start, top floor of the Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP.

23 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker Peter Gosnell, ‘The Untold Story of British Jerome’, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

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.

Milton Keynes 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.

2 – Wessex Branch. Speaker Keith Scobie-Youngs FBHI, ‘The Remarkable City Career of Aynsworth Thwaites’, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

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. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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.

17 – Kent Branch. Bring & Help, 8pm, Brents Tavern, Faversham, ME13 7DP.

22 – Ipswich Branch. Speaker Alan Midleton, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ship Lane (B1067) Bramford, IP8 4AT.

24 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker Bob Clayton, ‘Clock Case Restoration’, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

26 – Dorset Clock Society. Speaker Andrew Nicholson, ‘Clocks, Bells and Organs’, 7pm for 7.30pm, St George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB.

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.

7 – Wessex Branch. Speaker Prof. Eddy Odell, ‘James Ritchie of Edinburgh’, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

13 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

15 – Kent Branch. AGM and Auction, 8pm, Brents Tavern, Faversham, ME13 7DP.

15–18 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. Click here for details.

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.

22 Milton Keynes Branch. Speaker Andrew Lound, ‘The War of the Worlds’, 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

24 – Dorset Clock Society. Speaker Dale Sardeson, ‘Time in Isolation: Edo Period Japanese Horology in Cultural Context’, 7pm for 7.30pm, St George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB.

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

27 – Ipswich Branch. Topic TBC, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Church hall of St Mary the Virgin, Ship Lane (B1067), Bramford, IP8 4AT.

 

November

Kent Branch Christmas Meal. Details TBC.

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.

4 – Wessex Branch. Speaker Chris McKay FBHI, ‘W.H. Bailey & Co of Salford’,  7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

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. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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.

25 – George Daniels Lecture. City University, London.

26 Milton Keynes Branch. Visit from Northampton Film Society for a nostalgic look into days now past. 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

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.

2 – Wessex Branch. AGM followed by Christmas Show and Christmas Fayre, 7.30pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

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.

5 – Dorset Clock Society. Christmas lunch, Countryman, East Knighton.

8 – Merseyside, North Wales and West Cheshire Branch. SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

10 Milton Keynes Branch. Christmas meal, The Red Lion, Brafield on the Green, NN7 1BP.

Bristol Branch. No meeting.

 

2021

January

28 Milton Keynes Branch. AGM. 7.30pm, Sherington Village Hall, Church Road, Sherington, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9NW.

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