When do the clocks go back?
When the clocks go back it means summer is most definitely over
as autumn takes the baton, so we have shorter days and darker
nights to look forward to...
However, it does mean we'll all enjoy an extra hour under the
sheets as we move from BST (British Summer Time) to GMT (Greenwich
What time do the clocks go back?
On Sunday, 29th of October,
the clocks will go back one hour at 2am in
Why do the clocks go back?
Every year clocks go back and forward as British Summer Time
(BST) starts and ends.
In March, clocks went forward one hour - meaning we lost an
hour. On October 29th 2017, the clocks
go back, meaning we get back that lost hour and revert to GMT
The idea was actually the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, one
of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
In 1784, while in Paris, Benjamin Franklin suggested that if
people got up an hour earlier they'd get more exposure to
However, it wasn't until almost 150 years later, in 1907, that
this theory became a reality when William Willet popularised the
idea in a pamphlet called 'The Waste of Daylight' which detailed
how summer daylight hours were wasted.
He argued that we'd consume less energy - particularly coal at
the time - because we'd be more exposed to the natural warmth of
The UK introduced British Summer Time / British Daylight Time
hours in 1916 - allowing everyone to enjoy the perks of summer with
more time to enjoy the daylight.
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