Museum of Timekeeping

Museum of Timekeeping Home to a fascinating horological collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. Based at the headquarters of the British Horological Institute (BHI) at Upton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

We are a registered charity. Charity Commission Number 1176495 The British Horological Institute (BHI) Museum looks after a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. The collection also includes tools, instruments, books, photographs and valuable documents, all brought together by BHI members since its founding in 1858. The Museum Trust was established in 1994 to ensure the l

We are a registered charity. Charity Commission Number 1176495 The British Horological Institute (BHI) Museum looks after a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. The collection also includes tools, instruments, books, photographs and valuable documents, all brought together by BHI members since its founding in 1858. The Museum Trust was established in 1994 to ensure the l

Operating as usual

Dear visitors,Due to ongoing issues with the central heating at Upton Hall, we have taken the difficult decision to clos...
23/10/2021

Dear visitors,
Due to ongoing issues with the central heating at Upton Hall, we have taken the difficult decision to close the museum 3 open days early.

As the photo demonstrates, the temperature in the museum is now uncomfortably cool for our fantastic team of volunteers & the humidity rising calls for us to insist on keeping the doors closed to protect the objects.

For those who have bought tickets, you will have received an email with to offer of a refund plus free entry on one of next year's open day.

To those who have been left disappointed, we extent our heartfelt apology.

I hope to see more of you in 2022.
Alex & the team.

Dear visitors,
Due to ongoing issues with the central heating at Upton Hall, we have taken the difficult decision to close the museum 3 open days early.

As the photo demonstrates, the temperature in the museum is now uncomfortably cool for our fantastic team of volunteers & the humidity rising calls for us to insist on keeping the doors closed to protect the objects.

For those who have bought tickets, you will have received an email with to offer of a refund plus free entry on one of next year's open day.

To those who have been left disappointed, we extent our heartfelt apology.

I hope to see more of you in 2022.
Alex & the team.

Autumn light really brings the museum to life. There isn't a day passes that We don't count our blessings for being situ...
16/10/2021

Autumn light really brings the museum to life. There isn't a day passes that We don't count our blessings for being situated here.

There's still time to visit us before we close for 2021. We'll be open 11am - 3pm, Friday's & Saturdays until the end of October.
#countryhouse #nottingham #nottinghamshire #visitnotts #newarknottinghamshire #museum #museumbuilding #19thcenturyhouse #autumndays

Yesterday the Museum welcomed the most fabulous collection of vintage cars as their owners enjoyed a tour with manager, ...
11/10/2021

Yesterday the Museum welcomed the most fabulous collection of vintage cars as their owners enjoyed a tour with manager, Alex. It was the perfect weather for a run out in them and I'm sure you'll agree they look magnificent.

Prices for 2hr exclusive tours start at £12pp and we cater for groups of up to 40.

Contact the team on:
[email protected] for more information.
#museumtour #museum #museumcollections #countryhouse #museumoftimekeeping #horology #clocks #watches #clocksofinstagram #watchesofinstagram #vintagecars

*MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY* it was inevitable with such a small team as ours, that we would eventually be caught out by staff ...
04/09/2021

*MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY*
it was inevitable with such a small team as ours, that we would eventually be caught out by staff shortages.

My apologies to anyone who was hoping to visit the museum today, if you have tickets for today please present these at any other open day and they will be valid or, please get in touch at [email protected] for a full refund.

My sincere apologies once again, we are open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October herein.

*MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY*
it was inevitable with such a small team as ours, that we would eventually be caught out by staff shortages.

My apologies to anyone who was hoping to visit the museum today, if you have tickets for today please present these at any other open day and they will be valid or, please get in touch at [email protected] for a full refund.

My sincere apologies once again, we are open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October herein.

It's not every day we are bequeathed a copy of Harrison brothers' wooden clock. This one was built by Dennis Herbert on ...
23/08/2021

It's not every day we are bequeathed a copy of Harrison brothers' wooden clock. This one was built by Dennis Herbert on the instruction of Peter Jordan, (dec.) on the Isle of Man in 1999. Last weekend, after many months of negotiating Covid restrictions, I collected the clock which was dismantled with the kind help of @rogerwsmithltd (without whom, I would have had my hands more than a little full!)

The clock will be going straight onto exhibition in our Grand Hall.

The museum is, as always, blown away by the generosity of our supporters and donors.

#harrisonclock #woodenclock #18thcenturytechnology #johnharrison #clock #clockmaker #clockmakersofinstagram #horology #horologist #horologists #wow

Museum on Tour this weekend, while Upton Hall is open as usual on Saturday, we have headed north to Liverpool.. much mor...
20/08/2021

Museum on Tour this weekend, while Upton Hall is open as usual on Saturday, we have headed north to Liverpool.. much more to come on this story over the next few days. It's an exciting week for the Museum 🤩 #whathappensnext #travel #worktrip #liverpooldocks #excitingtimes #museum #museumwork #museumcollection #timekeeping #specialclock

Museum on Tour this weekend, while Upton Hall is open as usual on Saturday, we have headed north to Liverpool.. much more to come on this story over the next few days. It's an exciting week for the Museum 🤩 #whathappensnext #travel #worktrip #liverpooldocks #excitingtimes #museum #museumwork #museumcollection #timekeeping #specialclock

New acquisitions for the museum today, collected from Yorkshire earlier today. Our entire collection has been donated ov...
12/08/2021

New acquisitions for the museum today, collected from Yorkshire earlier today. Our entire collection has been donated over the last 164 years by generous members of the public. These have come to us with 12 clocks, all in working condition and ready to adorn an empty wall at the Museum. #museum #museumcollection #curatorsoftheextraordinary #curator #museumlife #collection #pocketwatchcollector #americanwatch #horology

Saturday 14th August 2-4pm we are hosting in the grounds of Upton Hall, Upton Village fete! The museum will be open unti...
31/07/2021

Saturday 14th August 2-4pm we are hosting in the grounds of Upton Hall, Upton Village fete! The museum will be open until 10am-5pm, at the usual prices while the fete is free to attend.

Lots of space for picnics, hot & cold food available at the fete with the Clock House Cafe open for those wanting something indoors.

Everyone welcome

#villagefete #supportinglocal #villagelife #museum #community #bringingpeopletogether

Saturday 14th August 2-4pm we are hosting in the grounds of Upton Hall, Upton Village fete! The museum will be open until 10am-5pm, at the usual prices while the fete is free to attend.

Lots of space for picnics, hot & cold food available at the fete with the Clock House Cafe open for those wanting something indoors.

Everyone welcome

#villagefete #supportinglocal #villagelife #museum #community #bringingpeopletogether

Made by William Harwood of London in 1720, this beautiful Japanned clock is the tallest in our collection at over 7.5 fe...
25/07/2021

Made by William Harwood of London in 1720, this beautiful Japanned clock is the tallest in our collection at over 7.5 feet. The fine lacquer work is typical of this style, as the wealthy coveted oriental design once trade was founded between East and West. Owning a clock like this would have displayed your families wealth and connections to visitors. It almost certainly would have belonged to Aristocracy as it is far too fine a clock to be from a lesser domestic setting.

The black background on the design has faded & became discoloured. The true colour when new would have been lapis blue, with gold, green & red highlights.

The escapement has a musical element, with the option to choose between 12 different tunes which play on the quarter.

#clocksofinstagram #clock #musicalclock #japaneseaesthetic #antiqueclock #museum #museumcollection #visitus #heritageskills #craftwork

Built in the late 1800's by Roland Neville Umfreville Pickering, this is a beautiful example of a skeleton dialled regul...
24/07/2021

Built in the late 1800's by Roland Neville Umfreville Pickering, this is a beautiful example of a skeleton dialled regulator, complete with glass fronted case to show off the detailed brass work. Donated to the museum on Pickering's death in 1932 it is one of ten regulators you can see running in the Museum.

Remember, there's no need to Pre book tickets, we are ready to welcome you 11am - 3pm Fridays and Saturdays.
#museum #museums #timekeeping #regulatorclock #clocksofinstagram #beautifulclock #horology #loveclocks

From this week, there will be no need to Pre-book tickets for the Museum of Timekeeping. We are open every Friday & Satu...
18/07/2021

From this week, there will be no need to Pre-book tickets for the Museum of Timekeeping. We are open every Friday & Saturday, 11am - 3pm with last entry at 2:30pm.

While coronavirus restrictions are now being lifted, the Museum still asks that you wear a mask inside the building and try to maintain social distancing. This is to keep you and our team as safe as possible.

We look forward to seeing you soon 🌟
#museumopen #visitnotts #daysout #daysoutwithkids #museum #museums #horology #clocksandwatches #fundayout

From this week, there will be no need to Pre-book tickets for the Museum of Timekeeping. We are open every Friday & Saturday, 11am - 3pm with last entry at 2:30pm.

While coronavirus restrictions are now being lifted, the Museum still asks that you wear a mask inside the building and try to maintain social distancing. This is to keep you and our team as safe as possible.

We look forward to seeing you soon 🌟
#museumopen #visitnotts #daysout #daysoutwithkids #museum #museums #horology #clocksandwatches #fundayout

02/07/2021

This lovely 19th century pocket-watch has been donated to the museum today by one of our visitors. Made by the Geneva watch co. this quarter striking rolled gold pocket watch is in complete working order. #pocketwatchcollector #pocketwatch #swisswatches #strikingwatch #goldwatch #museumcollection #newaquesition

🌈🌈PRIDE MONTH🌈🌈Throughout June, the LGTBQ+ community has celebrated and reflected on their experiences but for the secon...
30/06/2021

🌈🌈PRIDE MONTH🌈🌈

Throughout June, the LGTBQ+ community has celebrated and reflected on their experiences but for the second year, without the parties and marches that mark the occasion.
The Museum of Timekeeping stands shoulder to shoulder with the community. We already strive to welcome visitors from all walks of life and to provide a safe space to enjoy a love of History & Horology, without prejudice.

After all, all flowers are beautiful, regardless of their (pride flag's) colours.

#pride #pridemonth #pride🌈 #loveislove #equalitymatters #nothingbutlove #allies #equalrights #rainbowcolors #betruetoyourself #yourewelcomehere

Just some of the original art available to purchase in our museum shop, these are by @susanisaacartist who we are lucky ...
28/06/2021

Just some of the original art available to purchase in our museum shop, these are by @susanisaacartist who we are lucky enough to have as our neighbour. #originalart #oilpainting #nottinghamshirepainting #local #supportlocal #museum #museumshop #museumlife #visitthemuseum

Museum's first everyone 😍 here at the Museum of Timekeeping we believe museums should welcome people from all background...
26/06/2021

Museum's first everyone 😍 here at the Museum of Timekeeping we believe museums should welcome people from all backgrounds and ages ❤️

We are open 11am - 3pm Friday & Saturday, tickets available on our website via Eventbrite :)

Today was spent investigating future themes for us to cover at the museum. What better place to start looking than @time...
24/06/2021

Today was spent investigating future themes for us to cover at the museum. What better place to start looking than @timekeepinglibrary and the archives of horological newspaper clippings, like this one from 1881. #library #archives #museumsofinstagram #museum #futureplans #whatsnext #futureplans #newspaperclippings #scrapbooking

Today was spent investigating future themes for us to cover at the museum. What better place to start looking than @timekeepinglibrary and the archives of horological newspaper clippings, like this one from 1881. #library #archives #museumsofinstagram #museum #futureplans #whatsnext #futureplans #newspaperclippings #scrapbooking

18/06/2021

Apologies for the quality, it's hard to wind and record simultaneously! This is our Pickering regulator, one of the more decorative regulators in the collection. Over 50 clocks are would every week to delight and intrigue our visitors, why not come and see for yourselves?

Museum of Timekeeping is open Friday & Saturday each week, 11am - 3pm

#museum #museums #horology #clocks #clocksofinstagram #beautifulclock #dodgycamerawork #windtheclock #weareopen #visitus #goodtogo

Day 4 of @museumweek and we are celebrating the Eureka! moments. The Marine Chronometer didn't have just one of these mo...
10/06/2021

Day 4 of @museumweek and we are celebrating the Eureka! moments. The Marine Chronometer didn't have just one of these moments, it was steadily improved upon over decades by determined inventors and mathematical genius's. We are proud to display these two examples in our "Wonders of Watches" exhibition, one, a Mudge copy still with it's original escapement and the other by Thomas Earnshaw, who's improved models were used aboard ships until GPS became commonplace in the 20th century.
#museumweek #museumweek2021 #chronometer #chronometersofinstagram #eureka #innovation #invention #science #scienceinmuseums #stem

For day3 of #museumsweek2021 we're thinking about the importance of children in museums. Unless children enjoy visiting ...
09/06/2021

For day3 of #museumsweek2021 we're thinking about the importance of children in museums. Unless children enjoy visiting museums and feel they are welcomed and accepted in those space, how can we expect them to grow up into adults who visit museums? Children are the future, as a sector we need to include, entertain, enthral and educate our visitors young and old. Who knows the fires that will burn from a spark we ignite. #childreninmuseums #museumsforall #museumofscienceandindustry #museums #history #igniteapassion #learningisfun #Ava&Rowan #testsubjects #involvethekids

Today for #onceuponatimemw museums week, we are contemplating the behind the scenes work in museums. Over the last few m...
08/06/2021

Today for #onceuponatimemw museums week, we are contemplating the behind the scenes work in museums. Over the last few months, especially through those periods of enforced closure, museum staff around the country have been busy planning for the future. Independent museums often operate on tiny budgets, relying on the generosity of patrons & donors to continue. Staff numbers are low and this last year, most volunteers wisely stayed away until vaccinated.

New exhibitions can give your museum the "wow" factor but so much goes into creating these experiences. From pulling up carpets, polishing wooden floors, ordering and assembling new cases, researching & writing interpretation, designing the art work and finally, finally placing the objects in the cases there is nothing our team hasn't done.

Museum work is inspiring, fun, exciting and rewarding behind the scenes. We are innovators in informal learning, supporters of academic endeavour and representatives of our cultural histories. What a privilege it is to be a part of. #museumsweek #onceuponatimemw #museumjobs #behindthescenes #lovemyjob #doesntgetbetter #museumsofinstagram #exhibitiondesign #inspired #hereforyou #visitus #museumvisit #educationisfun

It's Museums Week! Today's theme is #onceuponatimemw and I love the representation of stories in horology. There are so ...
07/06/2021

It's Museums Week! Today's theme is #onceuponatimemw and I love the representation of stories in horology. There are so many to choose from but one which holds a special place for me is the "Lion Clock" in the Isaac Newton shopping centre, Grantham. Made by one of our former Trustee's family (Haward) in the 1980's, this clock incorporates the cowardly lion & Newton's famous apple Tree. When it chimes the hour the lion opens its eyes as the apple falls. #museumweek #museumofscienceandindustry #museumsofinstagram #museum #hometown #isaacnewton #cowardlylion #gravity #automaton #onceuponatimemw #wearemuseums

It's Museums Week! Today's theme is #onceuponatimemw and I love the representation of stories in horology. There are so many to choose from but one which holds a special place for me is the "Lion Clock" in the Isaac Newton shopping centre, Grantham. Made by one of our former Trustee's family (Haward) in the 1980's, this clock incorporates the cowardly lion & Newton's famous apple Tree. When it chimes the hour the lion opens its eyes as the apple falls. #museumweek #museumofscienceandindustry #museumsofinstagram #museum #hometown #isaacnewton #cowardlylion #gravity #automaton #onceuponatimemw #wearemuseums

Mercurial pendulum against the tubular bells of this mid 19th century gothic longcase. One of the tallest in the collect...
07/06/2021

Mercurial pendulum against the tubular bells of this mid 19th century gothic longcase. One of the tallest in the collection I have to use a step ladder to wind this clock. It's chimes are particularly loud and as a quarter striking mechanism you can't miss it if you visit! #clock #clocksofinstagram #museum #museumcollection #mercurial #pendulum #visitnottingham #heritage #curatorsoftheextraordinary

04/06/2021

Cases open and hats off for the weekly wind, ready to impress visitors from 11am.
#museum #weekly #windtheclock #visit #goodtogo #visitnottingham #horology #clocksofinstagram #ticktock #oldclocks #regulatorclock

Ever felt like you could really use a horology themed clothing line? Look no further! Museum of Timekeeping now has T-sh...
29/05/2021

Ever felt like you could really use a horology themed clothing line? Look no further! Museum of Timekeeping now has T-shirt's on sale in our shop. Grab yours as a lasting momento of your visit. #horologyiscool #horology #horolgymania #museumshop #museumcollection #museum #newfor2021 #lookinggood #morestilltocome #watchthisspace

Ever felt like you could really use a horology themed clothing line? Look no further! Museum of Timekeeping now has T-shirt's on sale in our shop. Grab yours as a lasting momento of your visit. #horologyiscool #horology #horolgymania #museumshop #museumcollection #museum #newfor2021 #lookinggood #morestilltocome #watchthisspace

We are ready for our public 🤩🕰⏰⏱ The new Speaking Clock and Wonder of Watches exhibitions are waiting to impress, along ...
27/05/2021

We are ready for our public 🤩🕰⏰⏱ The new Speaking Clock and Wonder of Watches exhibitions are waiting to impress, along with the new shop for all your souvenir and art needs :)

Tickets available from http://www.museumoftimekeeping.org.uk

#weareback #museum #backtomuseums #museumdevelopmenteastmidlands #museumcollection #horology #watchesofinstagram #watches #timepeices

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Newark Upon Trent
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The Museum of Timekeeping looks after a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. The collection also includes tools, instruments, books, photographs and valuable documents. The museum was established as a registered charity in 1994 to ensure the long-term future of this unique collection. We are based at the home of the British Horological Institute at Upton Hall, in Upton, between Southwell and Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. You can visit us during one of our special event open days or museum events- see website for details. We also offer guided tours of the museum for group visits (pre-booking is essential). Visit our website for further details.

www.museumoftimekeeping.org.uk

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