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Newark open day is rare chance to see one of the best timepiece collections

Upton Hall, Newark
Upton Hall, Newark

The British Horological Institute is holding an open day giving the public a rare chance to view some timeless collections.

The BHI Museum Trust Fall Back Show is an open day in Upton Hall on Sunday, October 25, the day the clocks go back one hour to end British Summer Time.

Ray Walford, Chairman of the BHI Board of Directors, said: “People travel to museums across the UK to see famous timepieces from the past and present, but they often don’t realise that right on their doorstep is one of the best collections of antiquarian and contemporary watches and clocks.”

During the Fall Back Show there will be activities for the whole family, from a Teddy Bear hunt and

colouring clock faces to professional hands-on watch and clock workshop demonstrations. Visitors can for the first time also admire a rare 19th century Vulliamy wall clock that came from Somerset House in London. This recent acquisition now adorns the Ballroom of the magnificent Grade 2 listed Hall.

In addition, the admission fee includes a free valuation. Visitors are invited to take watches, clocks and

other timepieces which Alan Midleton will value. Alan is curator of the BHI collections and a specialist in the field. He will be on hand at regular intervals.

Local professional artists will mount an exhibition of their work, including paintings and ceramics.

The event is open from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £5 per person (BHI members £3), children under 16 free.

There is free parking and the Clock House Café will be open.


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