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Established in 1858 to promote horology, the British Horological Institute's prime purpose today is to provide education. Distance Learning Course Students may enter examinations leading to awards accredited by the Government regulatory body, OFQUAL, which reports to Parliament, at Levels 3, 4 and 5. See our education page for more information.
BHI Summer Open Day 2013
The BHI's annual Summer Show was held over the weekend 14-16 June 2013 and included a celebration of the life of Thomas Tompion - 'the Father of English Clockmaking'.
Tompion, who died 300 years ago in 1713, was an early Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers - one of the great livery companies of the City of London - and the highlight of the Show occured on Sunday when, in the Grand Hall, the Company's current Master, Prof Paul Jarrett FRCS, unveiled a recently restored contemporary portrait of Tompion. The portrait, by Sir Godfrey Kneller Bt, has been in the Institute's possession for more than a century and its restoration was made possible by a grant from Museum Development East Midlands.
Click the thumbnail image or this link to see a short video showing highlights of the 2013 BHI Summer Show.
Our next course
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - Sunday, 19 January 2014
Over two weekends, students will handle and repair a Swiss lever platform, both diagnosing faults and correcting them. Instruction will be given about the correct way to remove the platform from the clock, in diagnosing faults and in practical correction of these faults.
Education and qualifications
From its very beginnings, the Institute has had an extremely proactive role in education, and it continues to encourage newcomers, students and professional alike to learn the enormous range of skills and knowledge required within the field of horology.
Our examined syllabus sets high standards for the aspiring professional, but its various aspects can be learned through a range of options, which can be tailored to suit each individual's learning preferences and timescales, including full or part time courses at various colleges, distance learning and short courses.
BHI Examinations will be held week commencing 19 May 2014. (Deadline for entry 10 March). Entry forms will be available in January - further details in due course.
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About the BHI
The British Horological Institute is a professional body created by the members, for the members, to further their interests. We aspire to be the natural home for all involved in horology, whether professionally or recreationally, and we will achieve this by:
- Facilitating education and providing specialist training;
- Setting recognised standards of excellence in workmanship and professional conduct;
- Supporting our members in the furtherance of their horological aspirations.
We will provide a pleasant and safe working environment; and nurture, develop and empower our staff to support their delivery of our services. We will maintain, promote and develop our assets on behalf of our members.