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Upton Hall's Museum of Timekeeping plans ambitious programme of events for this summer

The Museum of Timekeeping at Upton Hall has planned an ambitious programme of events for this summer as it aims to attract a wider range of visitors.

The 200-year-old hall has been the home of the British Horological Institute since 1972.

Its first event is a summer show on Sunday, when a space theme will celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon.

Upton Hall (11455047)
Upton Hall (11455047)

There will be a mobile planetarium to appeal to younger visitors, and the link between space and time will be explored, showing the important role of accurate timekeeping in space exploration.

Visitors will also be able to explore the finest collection outside of London of clocks, watches and other timekeeping equipment.

This includes the first speaking clock, still in working order, allowing people to listen to the original voice of Ethel Cain, who beat 9,000 other candidates to take on the role in 1936.

Upton Victorians (11455031)
Upton Victorians (11455031)

The collection is also home to the original 150-year-old St Pancras Station clock and a watch used by Captain Scott on his fateful Antarctic journey.

This will be followed by Proms in the Park on Saturday, July 13, when the hall’s 12-acre grounds will be open from 4.30pm for people to take their own chairs and listen to music from the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band.

The concert will include favourites including Land Of Hope And Glory, and Rule Britannia. There will be food, a licensed bar and a cocktail bar.

These events are the latest in the museum’s drive to attract a wider audience to Upton Hall.

Many people in period costume celebrated the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria, at the hall’s recent Victorian Times event.

Museum curator and charity chairman, Viscount Alan Middleton, said: “These are just a few of several ambitious undertakings as we embark on our plan to attract many more visitors to enjoy both the hall and our incredible collection.

“We are also improving the layout of some of our halls in order to enhance the experience of individual and group visitors.

“In this day and age, museums and other attractions need to be more self-sustainable and we are determined to achieve that situation.”


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