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British Horological Institute

Just a few miles outside Southwell, the village of Upton is home to the British Horological Institute at Upton Hall. The BHI opens its doors to the public in March and October, celebrating the days when the clocks go forward and back an hour. There is also an annual show in June and for the first time we are now opening our doors to the general public every Friday from 26 May through to 8 September 2017, 11am-3pm (last admission 2.30pm).

The museum, based at the home of the British Horological Institute, houses a fascinating collection of clocks, watches, timepieces and archives brought together by BHI members since the founding of the Institute in 1858.  The BHI Museum Trust, was established as a registered charity in 1994, to help ensure the long-term future of the collection and enjoyment by all.

Until now the museum has traditionally been accessible only via pre-booked group visits, plus special event days when the clocks go forward and back and a weekend event in June.

Visitors can look forward to exploring the museum’s treasures, including Britain’s first 3 Speaking Clocks, stunning early 17th century timepieces, the BHI’s famous 150thanniversary clock, and even Captain Scott’s pocket-watch carried on his ill-fated 1912 Antarctic expedition.


£3 per adult
£2 BHI members
Children under 12 free
(payment by cash at the door).

Parking is available free of charge, and visitors can also enjoy a tasty treat at the independent on-site Clock House Café.

Over the course of the next 3 years the museum plans to extend these seasonal summer opening hours to cover additional days, including weekends.  It also plans to introduce new events and develop museum displays and exhibits to add new features and activities for visitors.

The museum team are looking forward to welcoming new visitors, and to learning more about how visitors would like to see the museum develop in the future.

The museum is currently recruiting room guide volunteers to assist on these open days.

For additional information and enquiries please contact Eleanor Baumber Museum Manager on 01636 817 601 or email

Full address: The BHI Museum Trust, Main Street, Upton, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5TE


Groups may visit the hall by arrangement.

Groups visiting Upton Hall are frequently amazed at the size and diversity of the collection held by The British Horological Institute.

Visits commence with an outline of how the Institute came into being and its role in today’s society.

The tour of the collection includes:

There is also an opportunity to hear some of the history of Upton Hall and its previous occupants.

Prices, together with contact details for queries, or to check availability of dates, can be found on their website