It’s been a long time, but we are delighted to say that we have been welcoming horology students back to Upton Hall again and our watchmaking and clockmaking courses are back on.
Our first course of 2021 was an Introduction to Watches Taster Day, where we were very pleased to welcome some newcomers to the watchmaking world. You can see them in the image above, with BHI Operations Manager Brian Noble (far right). These Taster Days are perfect for complete beginners to watch and clockmaking, but are also beneficial for those who have some experience and want to find out where they stand and how best to build on the skills and knowledge they already have. We have many members who discovered an enduring passion for horology, watchmaking and clockmaking as a result of trying out one of our Taster Days.
Many of our courses for the next couple of months are already full (Introduction to Clocks, Introduction to Watches, Build Your Own Watch, Service and Repair Your Own Clock and others), though some spaces remain on others ( for example, Micromechanics Masterclass: Making a Balance Staff and Service And Repair of Manual Winding Watches). All the full courses will be repeated in the future as well – keep an eye on them here.
The pandemic has been a very bad time for many people and our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered. We know it is not over yet either and hope that it will not be long before the world at large is back to “normal”. In the meantime, we are grateful and pleased to be able to welcome students back to share and perpetuate our passion and love for the important heritage crafts of watchmaking and clockmaking.
Rachel Reeves, Editor