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Get ready to change your clocks…

Posted by Rachel Stock on

The clocks will be going back an hour on Sunday 28 October as British Summer Time (BST) moves to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Don’t be ‘alarmed’…be ready for an hour more in bed!

Mabel Lucie Attwell girl with alarm clock

Grab an extra hour of sleep this Sunday or relax in bed with a good book. If you need some inspiration, find a few illustrated by Mabel here  

Why do we change our clocks?

The idea of moving clocks forwards and backwards came to Britain from America. Benjamin Franklin, an American politician and inventor, first suggested it in 1784. He thought that if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save on candles.

Back in Britain, a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight was published, encouraging people to get out of bed earlier. In 1908, the government discussed making it law to change the clocks but this wasn’t popular. The change did happen in Mabel’s lifetime, finally coming into being in 1916, during World War I.

Now, clocks around Britain always go back by one hour on the last Sunday in October and forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March.   

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