Latest news from the BHI

BSOW Assessment Day for September 2014 Students - April 24

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The British School of Watchmaking's Assessment Day for the 2014 September student intake is fast approaching.
It will take place at the Manchester school and there will be three aspects to the day:

a) Eye to hand co-ordination test, following instruction, how to strip a watch.
b) Written test, logic and maths
c) Presentation 5-10 minutes to the Board of Directors and Tutors - 'Why I want to be a watchmaker'.

This is an exciting opportunity for any youngster thinking of joining the industry. Gaining a place on the  two-year full time course (3,200 hours in total), will hopefully lead to the successful candidates becoming one of the UK's top-skilled watchmakers. You will be trained in micro-mechanics and the manufacturing of hand tools, and the practical element will enable you to master the repair of all types of modern Swiss mechanical, automatic, electronic and chronograph watches. You'll also learn how to make a WOSTEP school watch from a blank movement and there will be visits to factories and work experience placements in the SWISS watch industry.
Mark Hearn, Patek Philippe MD, said: 'Today watchmaking is experiencing a huge revival, it used to have a fustiness about it but it has become attractive to youngsters and not only are the well qualified graduates guaranteed a job for life, it also pays very well'.

Please apply by contacting us through the 'contact us' page on our website

Group Visits

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Fancy a guided tour of our fascinating museum? Want to learn a little about the history of Upton Hall and some of the clocks and watches in our delightful collection? Then why not organise a group of ten or more and come and see us!
Find out more today by contacting Briony Dickinson on 01636 817602 or email

Loughborough University Link Project

Monday, 28 January 2013

BHI members are being asked for ideas and suggestions to help with an exciting new project, 'Clocks as a Learning Tool', which is being spearheaded by Loughborough University. A new Forum has recently been launched in the Members' Area to enable dialogue to take place. Read more here.

The George Daniels' Educational Trust Advisory Committee

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

As a result of a significant bequest from the late George Daniels, pioneer independent watchmaker and inventor, a new initiative to benefit the British clock and watch industry has been established. The trust fund has been set up to encourage and financially assist apprentices and students, with grants and bursaries for training in all aspects of horology.

For more information, please see the GDETAC website: