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Museum of Timekeeping

We also offer pre-booked group tours for those wanting to discover a little more!

We host a wide range of special events throughout the year.

Learning is central to the Museum of Timekeeping’s mission!


The Museum of Timekeeping is home to a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and timepieces.

Established in 1994, the Museum of Timekeeping cares for a unique collection of artefacts at the home of the British Horological Institute in the picturesque village of Upton, located between Newark and Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

Come and visit to explore amazing exhibits including the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912. You can also discover more about early timekeeping devices including turret and lantern clocks, and hear the voice of the General Post Office’s first Speaking Clock via the original machine itself.

During your visit you can also explore the grounds and grand rooms of the beautiful, grade II listed Upton Hall which is home to the Museum. You can also discover more about the long, rich history of the Museum of Timekeeping and its members, who have promoted the study and practice of clock and watchmaking since their foundation in 1858.

The museum is open to visitors during our seasonal summer opening hours from May through to September, on our special event days, or through privately booked tours.

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Upcoming Events:
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

    Officially the world’s most sought after tribute to the BBC sitcom, this one-of-a-kind origina...

    December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Haunted Heritage

    TO BE CONFIRMED Join Haunted Heritage for a ghostly exploration of Upton Hall. 7.30pm-12.30am

    February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
  • Spring Forward Show

    Join us at our annual Spring Show to celebrate the clocks going forward.  More details to follow. &...

    March 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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“A ticking gem of a museum… from the second I walked in I was hooked. The next 2 hours vanished as I explored the amazing exhibits.
The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and informative. A talk on the speaking clock included the original speaking clock being fired up which was just brilliant.”

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“The ticking of so many clocks is a unique sound. If you are interested in clocks or just want to see something different this is the place to be, with lots of information for the less well informed…
I found it fascinating and although I have no specific interest in clocks enjoyed it very much.”

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“The museum’s home Upton Hall is a lovely period building with a rich history set in beautiful grounds.
The staff are warm and friendly, its exhibits are compelling and most importantly the onsite cafe does a lovely cup of tea!”

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“Fascinating place. A must go-to visit and you will be amazed by the way timepieces have evolved.
The staff will all be happy to help you with anything that inspires you.”

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VINTAGE TIMES! 12th October 2019.

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Space Time June 2019

Planetarium experience in the Ballroom, on a beautiful summer's day.

Planetarium experience in the Ballroom, on a beautiful summer's day.

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Astronomer Royal for Poland in the mid 17c, Johannes Hevelius, mapped over 1500 stars with his ... See more

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It's been 50 years this year since the first Human walked on the Moon.

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Astrolabes are among the objects which will be on display for our 'Space Time' event.

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Did you know that the first patent for the electric clock was in 1841 by Alexander Bain? The earliest Electric Clock in our collection was made by Alexander Bail in 1846 - 1847. His other inventions were forerunners to the fax machine, TV and the telegraph.

Event organiser Cath was inspired by her great-grandmother's wedding dress to make a Victorian outfit out of local charity shop purchase.
She will be giving a talk on this family wedding dress and refabricating outfits at the Victorian Times event on 19th May at the Museum.

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