BHI Museum and Library

BHI Museum and Library

At our Upton Hall headquarters, the British Horological Institute has facilities to enable members to see examples of most types of clock and watch from around the world, and to research almost any topic in horology.

Our museum is now accredited by MLA.

We open to the public on the Sundays that mark the beginning and end of British Summer Time, and for our Summer Show on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in June.

At other times, we can accommodate Group Visits by arrangement. Contact Maxine Bell at Upton Hall for further details.

For a brief history of the Hall, please follow this link.

Library

The library at present contains nearly 5000 volumes in a variety of Languages, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the best sources of horological information in the world. As a BHI member, you can use the library without charge. If you cannot visit in person, the librarian can often carry out the research on your behalf, for a small fee.

If you are a member and would like some research done on your behalf, contact us - have your membership number ready, please.

Museum

The museum has been in existence since the Institute was first formed and members have continued to donate interesting items to the collection. Over the years the collection has grown to quite large proportions. In 1990 it was reorganised, and the museum became registered with the Museum & Galleries Commission, and in 2010 gained Full Accreditation from MLA.

Although we would like to be able to open the museum on a regular basis for members of the public to be able to view the wide range of clocks, watches, tools and other horological artifacts on display, the cost of doing so is prohibitive. As a consequence, the museum is open to members only during office hours by prior arrangement.

Group Visits

BHI Museum and Library

We will be pleased to arrange a visit for your group of 10 - 50 people. Please contact us to check prices, availability of dates or for a booking form. The tour takes one-and-a-half to two hours, and features a talk by a knowledgable guide, and a tour of the hall and its exhibits. Tours can be tailored to focus on the clocks and watches, or the history of the house.

BHI Members: contact us to arrange access to the museum for study or research during opening and office hours.