The British Horological Institute has organised a Summer Show which will open its doors to the public next weekend with a host activities for lover of UK antique pocket watches and the rest of the family too.
The 2015 Summer Show will be hosted by Upton Hall, the BHI headquarters in Nottinghamshire, on the weekend of 13-14 June between 10am and 4pm daily, which will also feature a display of rare clocks from Japan.
Ray Walford, chairman of the BHI board of directors, said: “It’s one of the few occasions in the year when Upton Hall is open to the public and people can visit our timeless collection. I’m also glad to say that there’ll be activities for young and old alike.”
Visitors to the two-day event will have the chance to watch a repair demonstration in the watch workshop, see the work of public clock maker Smith of Derby while not forgetting to browse some of the 1,000 artefacts held by the BHI including the personal watch of Captain Scott of the Antarctic.
The one-off exhibition of pre-1868 Japanese timepieces, which come from a private collection, are all working examples from the Edo Period, when Japan cut itself off from the outside and Japanese horology developed separately from that in great Britain, Switzerland, France, Germany and the US.
Younger visitors haven’t been forgotten either with plenty of activities on offer including the ability to make a clock face, craft gifts or join a teddy bear hunt.
The Summer Show will also have an array of books to buy, along with clocks and watches, including vintage pieces such as an English long case or an American pocket watch.
The 2015 BHI Summer Show will be held at Upton Hall, in Newark. Entry for adults is £5 and under 16s go free.
For more information go to: www.bhi.co.uk