The BRITISH HOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE (BHI) was formed in 1858 to promote horology in the UK. Today it provides education, standards and support to its 3,000 members around the world involved in making, repairing and servicing clocks and watches.
There are three levels of membership – Fellow, Member and Associate – the latter for anyone interested in horology, whether it be amateur practical hands-on work, or purely admiring horological works.
The East of Scotland Branch is one of a number of local BHI Branches throughout the UK and Overseas. Its members, which total around 100, are primarily clock and watch enthusiasts (Associates) from the Scottish Borders in the South to Sutherland in the North to Ayrshire in the West (the BHI Branch in West of Scotland is currently dormant).
The main activity of the Branch are the regular Monthly Meetings that run from September through to May each year. These meetings bring together Associates, Fellows and Members to hear talks on topics of interest and to share stories and experiences. The Regular Meetings are preceeded with an optional Bar Lunch that usually attracts around 15 members at 12:30 pm.
Guests are always welcome at these meetings to experience the workings of the Branch – and to the Bar Lunches.
The Branch also undertakes visits to interesting horological sites, including those in Newark (BHI HQ at Upton Hall), Lincoln, London, Glasgow and Switzerland.
The breadth of interests of the members include a wide range of clocks: longcase (grandfather), bracket, turret, electical, lantern and many others, including Edo Period Japanese! Also watches, including pocket and wrist varieties. Our core members are always at the end of a phone to provide help, knowledge, experience and tips amongst the various projects that members undertake.
Finally, the Branch e-mails a monthly Newsletter that covers reports on Meetings, Calendar Updates, Scottish Clocks at Auction and members’ Sales and Wants.
The Branch was formed in 1952, and through periods of strengths and weaknesses its membership has provide a network of communications for like-minded people in the region.
It had a resurgence in 1991 and today has a strong membership of around 100 and regularly has between 20 and 30 members and friends to its Regular Meetings.
Regular Meeting Venue
Branch Meetings are normally held on the second Saturday of each month September through to May at 2:00 pm, The Canons’ Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ (Royal Mile).
However, some months’ activities may be visits to interesting horological sites, or have alternative dates due to calendar clashes, so please check the “Future Meetings” section of this web for latest details.