The Northern Section meetings offer a variety of formal lectures and club nights at their meeting hall together with staging exhibitions at local museums, demonstrations of horological conservation and visits to horological places of interest.

The Club Nights and Lectures usually alternate each month with a guest lecturer being invited to give a presentation to the meeting, often with visual aids and exhibits. For the club night a theme is chosen, and members are encouraged to bring items for display, and possibly to say a few words about them.

The meetings are friendly, relaxed and give the opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, exchange views, ideas, and get help with solving your horological problems. As well as this you relax with refreshments whist your discussions take place.

Our meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 for 8:00 pm and carry on until everyone leaves, usually between 10:30 and 11:00 pm. The venue is in the church hall behind the old Trinity Chapel off Northenden Road, Sale Moor, where there is ample parking around the hall. This is located on the south side of Manchester within half a mile of Sale Railway station and close to the M60 junctions 6 and 7.

Visitors and new members are always most welcome.

Northern Section 50th Anniversary Year

To be held at Trinity Methodist Church, Trinity Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3ED at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated

Friday 12 April 2019

LECTURE:  'The Restoration of a George Pyke Organ Clock' by John Harrold

Friday 10 May 2019

LECTURE: 'Tailor Made Watches' by Rebecca Struthers

(Initially scheduled for 8 March)

Friday 14 June 2019

LECTURE: 'The untold story of British Jerome' by Peter Gosnell

Full Programme for 2019 (PDF download, updated 13 Feb)

Recent Meetings

Meeting reports for previous years:  2018  2017   

Bring & Discuss:    Letters U & V      February 2019
Members brought horological items linked to letters U or V to our February meeting.
Items included pocket watches by Victor Kullberg and BL Vulliamy, and a collection of thirteen verge pocket watches by different makers from several countries. A wristwatch made in the former USSR was bought for 1 million rubles thirty or so years ago. We were shown a deck watch by Ulysse Nardin, a marine chronometer from the USSR and two aircraft clocks from the same source. Domestic clocks were represented by two ‘unidentical twin’  table clocks by the same maker and a Becker ‘Vienna regulator’ dial and movement.

Watch by Victor Kullberg, signed and retailed by Alexander Bruce of Manchester. This 1869 gold pocket watch has an up and down dial below Xll to indicate the amount of wind left on the barrel.

Wristwatch made in The First Moscow Watch Factory (TFMWF) during the days of the USSR.

A TFMWF copy of a Swiss aircraft dashboard clock with subsidiary seconds stopwatch and a dial which recorded journey length.

A marine chronometer from the former USSR made at TFMWF. This post war model was still in production in the early 21st century.


AGM and short video presentations (January 2019)

Members gathered at the beginning of the meeting for the AGM. Once formalities were completed, several interesting short videos were shown.
1.     John C. Taylor’s Masterworks film featuring Salomon Coster’s Box Clock of 1657.
2.     Also from John C. Taylor, ‘Creating the Chronophage’.
3.    The Napoleon Clock at the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, Netherlands
4.    Glashütte Original Watches.
5.    Another film from Glashütte, entitled ‘Tradition and Innovation’.