The British Horological Institute (BHI) was formed in 1858 to promote horology in the UK. Today it provides education, standards and support to its 3,000 members around the world involved in making, repairing and servicing clocks and watches.
There are three levels of membership – Fellow, Member and Associate – the latter for anyone interested in horology, whether it be amateur practical hands-on work, or purely admiring horological works.
The Scotland Branch is one of a number of local BHI Branches throughout the UK and Overseas. The membership is around 130 of whom about 15% are Members or Fellows, the great majority being Associates.
The breadth of interests of Branch members include a wide range of clocks including longcase (grandfather), bracket, turret, electrical, lantern and many others, including Edo Period Japanese! Also watches, including pocket and wrist varieties.
The Branch holds regular monthly meetings from September to May each year at which invited speakers talk on a wide range of horological topics. Occasional visits to places with interesting horological collections are also undertaken. Preceded by an optional bar lunch the meetings are an excellent opportunity for members to share their own stories and experiences and to get help and advice on projects they are undertaking.
Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend Branch meetings.