The BHI to continue training future watchmakers with new lottery grant.

 

With a national shortage of watchmakers in the UK, the British Horological Institutes large grant allows them to continue training future craftsmen.

The British Horological Institute is the UKs last remaining provider in training and education for clock and watchmakers.

After an enormous £2.8 million grant given by the Heritage Lottery Fund, trainees such as Jacob Russell, 20 from Chichester can continue to learn to repair old and antique watches.

Jacob who has been working as an apprentice watchmaker for four and a half years was announced as a qualified member of the BHI in a national award ceremony held in October.

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Jacob said: “It was great getting my qualification, and being a qualified member of the institute.

“Being a member of the BHI means I can work as a fully qualified watchmaker, and I can now service and restore watches and earn a full wage doing so”.

At the award ceremony, the British Horological Institute announced the news of the grant, and declared that the funding was to contribute to the new National Centre for Horology.

The Centre which is expected to be opened in 2018, will allow the institute to continue training future watchmakers in new workshop facilities, and permitting them to double the number of students they can train a year.

 

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