Serving Cornwall, Devon and the Taunton postcode area of Somerset

BHI Founded in 1858
South West Branch founded in 1990

B.H.I South West Branch update

In these unprecedented times it has been difficult for most branches to hold face to face meetings. With the guidelines for Covid sometimes leaving things to our own discretion, we have been left with making decisions that could have life-changing effects for our members. Even though the committee has not been able to meet face to face, by using phone conversations and emails we have been discussing the best way forward for the future. We wait to hear from the powers that be how to proceed safely and we will keep all members informed via the website.

Please see the EVENTS page for the latest information on meetings.

Although the prospect of holding our annual auction seems way off, we have been receiving numerous lots for any future auction, the majority of these being stored in my workshop.

If any member has any anecdotes or stories of their projects or any problems with any jobs they are working on, we would love you to share then with us on the website. *

In the meantime, may I wish all our members a safe, healthy,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Phillip Gale FBHI Chairman

* = For inclusion on the website please email details to CPS (see Committee page for email)



Horology is the art and science of making, restoring, repairing and servicing mechanical and electronic timekeeping and measuring devices.

The British Horological Institute was founded in 1858 and is the national organisation which sets standards for training, and regulates the profession by grades of qualification.

The BHI also encourages a wider interest from the general public by associate membership.  The well-supported and active South West Branch of the BHI, was formed in 1990.

Meetings are usually on the first Wednesday of most months, 7:45pm – 10:00pm at Exeter School, Manston Terrace, EX2 4NP.  Anyone interested in clocks and watches is welcome to come along.  For details of our meetings and speakers, see our Events page.  For more information, or for queries not answered by this website, please contact our Secretary.

The South West Branch has also set up The Westcountry Horological Trust to offer assistance to deserving persons who wish to undertake horological training or improve their skills. Please click on the “Trust Fund” link on the left for further details.