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For All Levels

The BHI offers a comprehensive portfolio of short watchmaking and clockmaking courses designed to develop your skills, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced horologist. See below for a full list of the courses, with descriptions.

If you’re new to horology, you can get a proper introduction with a one-day taster course with a professional tutor.

If you’re pursuing a horological career, we have a range of courses that will help you train in specific areas and also support you while completing the Distance Learning Course, with options to take exams and become qualified.

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Short Courses 2019 Available Dates and Prices

Associate Membership

To take one of our courses, it is necessary to become an associate of the BHI for at least the year in question. (Taster Days are open to members and non-members)

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Contact us

If you have any specific questions about membership and the contents, costs, dates and times of these courses, or if you would like to make a booking, please contact Zanna Perry, +44 (0)1636 817603 or email Zanna on

zanna@bhi.co.uk

Please note that the BHI reserves the right to change course details such as tutor, date, time and place or, if there is insufficient take up, to cancel a course up to six weeks before the planned course date.


Distance Learning Courses (DLC)

We also offer a complete home study course that leads to examinations and qualifications. For more information on these click the link below.

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Prices

Prices vary, depending on the nature and length of the course. You will find price details for each course below.

If you book your place on a course, we ask you for a provisional booking fee. This is returned to you if we cancel a course. If you cancel or transfer your booking, the fee is non-refundable.

If you have booked provisionally and the course goes ahead as planned, we will confirm your place six weeks in advance of the course date and ask you for full payment (minus the provisional booking fee), which is due then.

All courses take place at Upton Hall. For the duration of a course, we can also offer B&B accommodation in the Hall. The prices of the courses that you find below indicate the cost and number of nights at Upton Hall.

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Our Courses

Build your own Watch

Build your own Watch

John Murphy FBHI

23-24.11.19
21-22.03.19
08-09.08.20
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Enjoy a weekend at the BHI building a fully operational BHI timepiece with a genuine Swiss movement, stainless steel case, dial, hands and leather strap, to take away as yours.

All material, tools and equipment are provided.

Priced at £975.00 which includes one night’s accommodation and breakfast at Upton Hall.

Service & Repair of Quartz Watches

Service & Repair of Quartz Watches

John Murphy FBHI

15–17.11.19 Fully Booked
03-07.02.20
23-27.11.20
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This five-day course is for people who have experience in changing watch batteries, or similar, to further their knowledge and learn how to repair quartz watches. Also for DLC students taking the D4 exam unit (Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Quartz Watch).

You gain product knowledge of quartz watches with analogue displays, functions and theory, and practical benchwork.

You learn about typical tools used for quartz watches, which are all supplied by the BHI, different types of cases and how these watches work. Experience in using eye glasses and some close work is necessary.

You look at different power sources, including voltage, primary cells, their capacity, silver oxide and lithium cells, and where to fit low and high drain cells. You also get practical experience in testing procedures for analogue movements. The watch is completely serviced including removing hands & dials, fully dismantling the movement, cleaning, reassembly, replacing stems, lubrication and testing consumption.

For those students with no practical experience of using tweezers/eye glasses, screwdrivers, hand removing levers, etc it is suggested enrolling on our Introduction to Watches course prior to taking this course.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Servicing & Repair of Manual Winding Watches

Servicing & Repair of Manual Winding Watches

John Murphy FBHI

09–13.12.19 Fully Booked
17-21.02.20
18-22.05.20
03-07.08.20
12-16.10.20
07-11.12.20
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This five-day course is for people who want to learn how to repair and servicing a manual mechanical watch to a professional standard, for DLC students and those wishing to gain more experience before taking the D15 exam unit (Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Manual Winding Watch Movement)

You learn the basics of repairing and servicing a mechanical watch. You look at various specialist hand tools, and removal and fitting of cases, dial and hands.

This is followed by cleaning, reassembly and lubrication. You also check the escapement, barrels, mainsprings, train and motion work, friction work, cannon pinion, balance springs, curb pin and dynamic poising. You also look at the use of timing machines and amplitude meter, timekeeping/testing, and record keeping.

All tools and equipment are provided but if you use a particular eye glass holder/mechanism it would be advisable to bring this with you.

For those students with no practical experience of using tweezers/eye glasses, screwdrivers, hand removing levers, etc it is suggested enrolling on our Introduction to Watches and Service & Repair of Quartz watches courses prior to taking this course.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Service and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch

Service and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch

John Murphy FBHI

18–22.11.19 Fully Booked
02-06.03.20
21-25.09.20
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This five-day course is for professional watchmakers who want to develop their skills for servicing automatic watches. It is also useful if you want to improve your skills for mechanical watches. This course is also suitable for DLC students and those wishing to gain more experience before taking the Level 4 D16 exam unit (Servicing and Correcting Faults in an Automatic Watch).

You need to have basic watchmaking skills and you should have attended the Service & Repair of Manual Winding Watches course.

You learn how to service mechanical and automatic day date watches.

You look at the use and care of tools, removal of dial and hands, disassembly of automatic and date work.

This is followed by disassembly of balance and escapement, checking gear train, escapements and balance, identifying faults with automatic watches, and removal of mainspring.

After that you work on lubrication and fitting of mainspring, re-assembly, checking of gear train, centre seconds, friction springs and tension, lubrication of gear train and escapement, shock proof setting, and checking of friction of cannon pinion.

Focus on the balance spring and adjustment to obtain best possible timekeeping including, curb pin error, poising errors, and in-beat correction using timing machines. Finally, you review lubrication and assembly of the date mechanism, fitting of dial and hands, re-casing and finally testing.

This course also prepares you for the Chronograph course.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Servicing & Correcting Faults in a Chronograph

Servicing & Correcting Faults in a Chronograph

John Murphy FBHI

16-20.03.20
09-13.11.20
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This five-day course is for professional watchmakers who wish to develop their skills repairing chronographs, also suitable for DLC students and those wishing to gain more experience before taking the D20 exam unit (Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Chronograph Movement).

Before taking this course you need to have completed both the Manual Wind and Automatic Watch courses.

You learn how to service chronograph watches. Focusing on the correct setting of the chronograph mechanism

You look at different types of chronographs, removal of cases, dial and hands, and disassembly of chrono, date and auto work. This is followed by disassembly of balance and escapement, after which you identify faults, remove the mainspring, check the gear train, make minor adjustments to chrono work and clean it.

You will assemble the barrel, lubrication of mainspring and assembly of gear train. You look at friction springs, chrono runner, minute counter and hour counter. After that you assemble the gear train, and adjust the balance spring and chrono, date and auto work. Finally you test the mechanism, fit, case up and final check of the chrono functions.

You can bring your own eyeglasses and we can provide all other equipment.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Service & Repair your own Clock

Service & Repair your own Clock

Sunil Silva CMBHI

2–6.12.19 Fully Booked
20-24.01.20
23-27.03.20
22-26.06.20
10-14.08.20
5-9.10.20
30.11-4.12.20
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This five-day course is for people who want to learn the skills to be able to work on their own clocks.

You do not need qualifications.

You learn the theoretical basics and practical skills. You look at how clocks work, how to use hand and machine tools, and how apply the right techniques to dismantle a clock, inspect it and carry out basic repairs such as pivot polishing and bushing.

You will also be able to understand and set up a variety of clock escapements and striking work. You learn to choose and use the correct lubrication.

You can bring your own clock to work on. This includes a Smiths type striking mantel, an 8-day striking wall, an 8-day or a 30-hour long case, or an English dial clock. Some clocks are unsuitable for this course, including French, carriage, chiming and musical clocks. Alternatively, if you want us to provide you with the clock for a small fee, please let us know in advance.

Please note that it may be impossible to complete a full repair or restoration. You may have to pay for parts that you get from material suppliers during the course.

You can bring a notebook and camera to record your progress and the stages of a specific repair.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Engineers’ small lathe, drilling and milling machines

Engineers’ small lathe, drilling and milling machines

John Reynolds FBHI

20-21.04.20
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This two-day course is for people who want to start making and repairing their own clocks. It is also useful for students of the distance learning course.

You do not need qualifications.

You learn to use the small engineers’ lathe and drilling machine. You look at what type of lathe you need, its speed and feed, how to set it up for turning, select and sharpen the necessary tool bits, sharpen drills and drill accurate holes in the proper place.

You get a variety of exercises. You can also get help if you have a specific machining problem.

For this course you can bring a lathe (with a current PAT certificate) or sharpening tools, alternatively this equipment is available in our workshop.

Cost:
£345 including 1 nights B&B
£338 1 night room only
£300 course fee only

Making Small Components

Making Small Components

Brian Kerridge MBHI

30.03-03.04.20
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During this course you will develop hand skills and hand making skills using various materials to a high degree of accuracy and finish. You will turn components in a lathe to a given tolerance and finish.

You will learn how to file a square, make a screw thread and will learn how to harden and blue steel.

This course is suitable for beginners to horology, technician grade DLC students and those wishing to gain more experience ready for exam units D2 (Constructing Small Components, practical test piece) and D5 (Constructing Clock and Watch Components, practical test piece)

This course will take place in our clock & watch workshops and all material will be provided.

Cost:
£930 including 4 nights B&B
£902 4 nights room only
£750 course fee only

Single-Train Clock (with Platform Escapement)

Single-Train Clock (with Platform Escapement)

Scott Jeffery MBHI

24-27.02.20
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Suitable for DLC students, those taking the D3 exam unit (Servicing and Correcting Faults in a Single-Train Clock), enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in repairing this type of clock.

There is particular emphasis on the servicing of the platform escapement – the cleaning, lubrication and adjustment for beat and rate.

A movement will be provided for you to work on during this course.

Cost:
£735 including 3 nights B&B
£714 3 nights room only
£600 course fee only

Two-Train Rack Striking Clock

Paul Roberson FBHI

16-20.03.20
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During this course you will learn how to set up a rack striking mechanism correctly. You will learn how to service, maintain and correctly lubricate a typical domestic two train striking clock.

Suitable for DLC students, those taking the D9 examination (Servicing and Correcting Faults in a two train Clock) and enthusiasts interested in repairing two train clocks.

A clock will be provided for you to work on during this course.

Service & Repair of Cylinder & Lever Escapement Platforms

Service & Repair of Cylinder & Lever Escapement Platforms

James Welbourne MBHI

10-11.03.20
18-19.08.20
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This two-day course is for people who want to learn to service and repair their own cylinder and lever platform escapements.

You do not need qualifications but experience with small tools required for this course would be beneficial but not a prerequisite. Help will be offered as required.

You learn about the operation, adjustment and maintenance of cylinder and lever escapements. You also look at repair methods for such escapements as well as gaining a good understanding of the servicing and lubrication methods used in servicing these platform escapements.

For this course you will need to bring with you a platform with a defective cylinder and/or lever escapement to work on.

Please note that it may be impossible to complete a full repair. You may have to pay for parts that you get from material suppliers during the course.

You can bring a notebook and camera to record your progress and the stages of a specific repair.

Cost:
£345 including 1 nights B&B
£338 1 night room only
£300 course fee only

Taster Day - Introduction to Clocks

Taster Day - Introduction to Clocks

Paul Roberson FBHI

28.11.19 Fully Booked
29.11.19 Fully Booked
30.11.19 Fully Booked
01.12.19 Fully Booked
13.03.20
14.03.20
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This one-day course is designed for those who wish to learn about the history and engineering of clocks.

The course covers demonstrations on how to set up clocks, how to put them in beat and how to regulate them as well as the correct methods used to move clocks. There will be a presentation showing examples of different clocks and their driving forces, etc.

Students will also gain experience in dismantling and reassembling a clock movement during the day.

Cost: £99

Please note: We are unable to refund or transfer any bookings for our taster days. In the unfortunate case that we don’t fill the course to our minimum requirement of 4 bookings we will regretfully have to cancel the course and will in this case refund or transfer your booking accordingly.

Taster Day - Basic Clock Case Finishing

Taster Day - Basic Clock Case Finishing

David Watkinson

30.11.19 Fully Booked
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This one-day course is designed for those who are new to restoring and re-finishing furniture and clock cases.

The aim of the course is to enable those attending to recognise the state and condition of clock cases and then to decide on the best course of action, salvaging the finish and making the clock usable and looking its best. Also to enable students to perform small repairs, to strip the original wood if needed and to restore and polish to a standard to suit the individual requirements of the case.

Students are invited to bring along a small clock case or small piece of furniture to discuss and work on.

Cost: £139 (which includes a small polishing kit which you can take away with you)

Please note: We are unable to refund or transfer any bookings for our taster days. In the unfortunate case that we don’t fill the course to our minimum requirement of 4 bookings we will regretfully have to cancel the course and will in this case refund or transfer your booking accordingly.

Taster Day - Introduction to Turret Clocks

Taster Day - Introduction to Turret Clocks

Chris McKay FBHI

TBC for 2020
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This one-day course is designed for those who wish to learn about the history and engineering of turret clocks.

During this course you will learn and understand how turret clocks developed and what is involved in looking after them.

Students will have the chance to study the 12 turret clocks in the BHI collection as well as having the chance to gain hands on experience with movements, winding and setting them. You will also be able to help with getting one apart and back together. Towards the end of the day it is hoped that a visit to a church clock in the locality may be possible.

All attending receive a free copy of the Turret Clock Keeper’s Handbook

Cost: £99

Please note: We are unable to refund or transfer any bookings for our taster days. In the unfortunate case that we don’t fill the course to our minimum requirement of 4 bookings we will unfortunately have to cancel the course and will in this case refund or transfer your booking accordingly.

Taster Day - Introduction to Watches

Taster Day - Introduction to Watches

James Welbourne MBHI

12.11.19 Fully Booked
13.11.19 Fully Booked
26.11.19 Fully Booked
27.11.19 Fully Booked
29.01.20
24.03.20
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This one-day course is designed for those who wish to learn about the history and engineering of quartz and mechanical watches.

The course covers the history of the wristwatch, basic principles of watches, horological terminology and watch repair tools/equipment and use.

During the course those attending will carry out basic tasks using watchmakers tools on a selection of quartz & mechanical movements. Students will gain experience in using workshop equipment and adjust the timing on movements to achieve better timekeeping.

This course is a precursor to our Quartz and Manual Wind watch courses.

Cost: £99

Please note: We are unable to refund or transfer any bookings for our taster days. In the unfortunate case that we don’t fill the course to our minimum requirement of 4 bookings we will regretfully have to cancel the course and will in this case refund or transfer your booking accordingly.

Watchmakers' Lathe & Graver Turning

Watchmakers' Lathe & Graver Turning

Brian Kerridge MBHI

02-03.05.2020
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This two-day course provides hands-on experience using a watchmakers’ lathe.
This course has no entry requirements, but you will benefit by having previously attended our 2-day course ‘engineers small lathe, drilling, and milling machines’.
You will study the main parts of a watchmakers’ lathe and its attachments. You will learn how to dismantle, clean, lubricate, and adjust the headstock spindle. You will practice how to join and set up a lathe belt. You will study the merits of various methods of work-holding including 3-jaw chuck, 6-jaw chuck, collets, and wax chucks. You will gain hands-on experience turning brass and blue steel using a cross-slide, but more importantly, a graver.
You will learn about graver materials, styles for different cuts, and how to sharpen gravers. Other hands-on work includes catching a centre, drilling a sub-mm. hole in hardened steel, and setting work to run true in a wax chuck. Finally, you gain sufficient experience of how to turn a balance staff so that you can continue to improve in your own workshop.

Cost:
£345 including 1 nights B&B
£338 1 night room only
£300 course fee only

Wheel and Pinion Cutting & making Fly Cutters

Wheel and Pinion Cutting & making Fly Cutters

Brian Kerridge MBHI

05–07.06.2020
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This three-day course provides hands-on experience of machining wheels and pinions for clocks using commercial cutters and workshop-made fly cutters.
The course has no entry requirements, although you will benefit by having previously attended our 2-day course ‘engineers’ small lathe, drilling, and milling machines’.
The course provides hands-on experience of selected methods described in the book ‘Wheel and Pinion Cutting in Horology’ by J Malcolm Wild FBHI, published by The Crowood Press, 2001. Many students already have a copy but those who don’t should aim to obtain the book.
Topics covered include the module system, clock trains, and how to select commercial cutters. You will study a typical train, design a wheel/pinion and raw material blanks. You will go on to machine the blanks and use a depthing tool to set up your own working model. The workshop offers experience on a vintage wheel-cutting engine, a lathe or milling machine with a manual dividing head or a digital stepper motor. You will also design, layout, saw, and file your wheel crossings; and harden, polish, and temper your pinion.
You will also make and use your own simple fly cutter, and learn how to make your own form-relieved fly cutters and multi-tooth cutters.

Cost:
£540 including 2 nights B&B
£526 2 nights room only
£450 course fee only