It’s About Time

The South London Branch of the British Horological Institute are holding an open day on the 9th April 2016. This is a unique opportunity to go along to the Soper Hall in Caterham and to see what they do. Free entry is from 10:00 until 16:00 and just some of what you can see and do is:


  • Read about the history and importance of time measurement. View a selection of antique tools used in making clocks and watches.
  • Clocks and models built by BHI members.


  • Cleaning, polishing, silvering a two pence piece.
  • Make a keyring or spinning top from a two pence piece.
  • Working on the watchmakers lathe – balance staff turning.
  • Hand tools – piercing saw and files.
  • Engine Turning interactive demonstration.
  • Clockwork wheel cutting.
  • Antiquarian Horological Society.
  • Musical Box Society.

Courses and Careers

  • Work from the local evening classes and workshop.
  • BHI short courses.
  • West Dean College – conservation of clocks.
  • British School of Watchmaking.
  • Birmingham City University – Horology BA (Hons).
  • The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
  • Charles Frodsham and Co Ltd.

For Sale

  • Selection of coffee table books for sale.
  • H S Walsh horology supplies – tools and clock parts – assemble a clock from available parts (from ¬£5).


Pop-in for complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits

For more about their great day, see the events calendar