2014 Summer Show

Upton Hall opened its doors for the Summer Show on June 14 and 15 welcoming more than 350 visitors, some familiar to the BHI but also many new faces.

Guests enjoyed browsing around the Museum frequently stopping along the way to appreciate the diversity of the BHI collection. Many keen horologists came along too, including a coach trip from the Ipswich BHI Branch.

The workshops offered a practical insight into the study of horology; amateurs, enthusiasts and experts engaged with demonstrators Jim Arnfield FBHI, Geoff Walker FBHI, Norman Jacklin FBHI, James Welbourne MBHI and Mervyn Hobden.

Smith of Derby, one of the UK's leading clock repairers, restorers and conservation specialists with a history dating back over 150 years, had an interactive display in the Drawing Room, featuring the diverse types of horological projects with which they are involved. A team from Big Ben was also on hand giving facts and figures about the world's most iconic clock.

Outdoors, visitors were encouraged to rest and rejuvenate with refreshments at The Clock House Cafe, while in the Marquee, photographer Caroline Milton displayed mounted prints of her latest work - looking at the world of horology through a unique lens. Alongside her were traders Jill Hadfield, Picard Frere, and Peter Wharmby selling antique books, watches, tools and equipment. Bristol branch member Owen Gilchrist was on hand throughout the two days to give live watch demonstrations.

Father's Day on the Sunday gave the Show a family feel; there was something for everyone to get involved in with children treating their 'dads' to a day out. Youngsters had the opportunity to produce personalised cards with printed images of Big Ben, while the 'little' ones were thrilled to search the labyrinth of corridors looking for hidden Teddy Bears.

Also on the Sunday, the auction hammer went down on 450 lots in the Ballroom, raising a fantastic £22,000. Auction Organiser Paul Shrouder said: 'It was a great day- everthing sold well, and as always, the volunteers were marvellous and really got stuck in. Thanks to Richard Winterton and his team for running proceedings'.

The BHI's Grand Raffle was also very popular and it helps to raise funds for the Institute. The winner of a Gucci Ladies Watch was Terry Poxen. A full list of other winners is available on the BHI website.

At the AGM three board members were re-elected to Council: Stella Haward MBHI, Ashley Strachan and Geoff Walker FBHI. Justin Koullapis was also voted on the Board replacing Geoff Armitage MBHI. A total of 190 votes were cast.

BHI President Anthony Randall FBHI was re-elected unanimously and agreed to continue for one more year.

After the Show, BHI Chairman Ray Walford said: 'Instead of the usual three day event, we decided to run the Show over two and make it purely horological. I think this added to its success and everyone who came along enjoyed themselves and learnt something. A bit thank you to all the people who helped- it is no mean feat putting on an event like this and it takes months of planning and hard work'.

Harriet Olivia HJ Reporter