The British Horological Institute
Appoints a New Vice Chairman
The British Horological Institute (BHI) has appointed Robert Loomes, FBHI, FRSA, as Vice Chairman of the institute. Loomes started his work as a horologist with his father, Brian Loomes, BA, FSG, Hon FBHI, in 1987. After completing a five-year apprenticeship with his father, Loomes opened his Stamford workshops in 1993. He then qualified by examination as a professional Member of the British Horological Institute. In 2015, Loomes was made an Emeritus Fellow of the institute for his research on watchmaking.
Loomes was a director of the British Horological Institute from 2005 to 2011. He says, “During that time, I served as a director for education, then standards, then finance. It gave me a good overview of how the institute operates.” Loomes was persuaded to return to the institute in the spring of 2016 to help with BHI’s Saving Time initiative, which is part of a masterplan to refurbish the BHI estate at Upton Hall. Loomes says, “The Saving Time project is big step forward for the institute and involves a lot more meetings and functions than in normal years, so I am guaranteed a busy time.”
Loomes also is a member of the British Watch and Clockmakers’ Guild, the professional organization for those employed in horology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA).
Donna Hardy is managing editor of Horological Times.