The Horological Journal

The Horological Journal

The Institute is proud of its Horological Journal, which is the oldest technical journal in the world and has been published without a break since September 1858.

A copy of HJ is sent to every member each month, and contains a wealth of news and information of interest to horology enthusiasts.

We try to maintain a good balance of articles in each issue, covering clocks, watches, turret clocks and electric timepieces in articles that may be theoretical, practical or both.

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Hello and welcome to the July edition of The Horological Journal.

It’s been a busy month all round at Upton Hall with our Annual Show, once again, attracting a good crowd. This year we were lucky enough to have a fabulous display of Japanese Clocks, belonging to BHI Director Ashley Strachan, who is an expert on the subject. The Big Ben team, Paul Roberson FBHI and Steve White, were also on hand with a fascinating display telling the story of the world’s most iconic clock. There were also activities for children and young people, Museum Tours, horological trade stalls and a Grand Raffle.

Inside July’s HJ, we have the first of a two-part article by Doug Bateman on the World Time Clock by English clockmaker, Martin Burgess, which is sited at Canary Wharf in London. John Robey expounds on a rare clock whose wheels are iron but with brass rims, while Anthony Randall FBHI contributes ‘More on Harrison’s Diamond Pallets’. Rodger Peters MBHI, from Australia, also starts his two-part series ‘Modification and Performance of a Workshop Regulator, which concludes in next month’s HJ.

Chris McKay continues with Part 2 of his series on 'Conservation-Minded Turret Clock Work', while John Reynolds is now up to Part 7 of his 'Making a Workshop Regulator to a New Design'.

As usual we have letters, branch reports, Bench View, After the DLC, news items, book review and much more – enjoy!

Jayne Hall


About HJ

The 'Letters' pages provide a great opportunity for discussion and debate, whilst 'Branch Reports' provide updates of local activities, and regular 'Bench Views' illustrate life from the bench of a clockmaker and a watchmaker.

Click here for our latest Article of the Month - a taste of what you can expect to see every month in HJ! Plus by special request the October Double Pendulum Clock article, and The First Correct Drawing of the Grasshopper Escapement Ever Published and CSM by Peter Hastings. Download the spreadsheet of Peter Hasting's graphical method.

You can also download a full sample copy of HJ from a few months ago.