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.

Branch Profile

The Scotland Branch is one of a number of local BHI Branches throughout the UK and Overseas. The membership is around 130 of whom about 15% are Members or Fellows, the great majority being Associates.

The breadth of interests of Branch members include a wide range of clocks including longcase (grandfather), bracket, turret, electrical, lantern and many others, including Edo Period Japanese!  Also watches, including pocket and wrist varieties.

The Branch holds regular monthly meetings from September to May each year at which invited speakers talk on a wide range of horological topics.  Occasional visits to places with interesting horological collections are also undertaken.  Preceded by an optional bar lunch the meetings are an excellent opportunity for members to share their own stories and experiences and to get help and advice on projects they are undertaking.

Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend Branch meetings.

Branch History

The Scotland Branch was formed in July 2016 with the amalgamation of the East and West of Scotland Branches.  The East of Scotland Branch had been the only active Branch for some years and following an extensive consultation with all members in Scotland the overwhelming majority felt that the time had come to form a single Branch embracing the whole country.

Regular Meeting Venue

Canons Gait 01Branch 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.