Moving Forward In March - Clocks Change This Sunday

March 24, 2023

In case you needed reminding, at 1.00am on Sunday 26 March, clocks in the UK will move forward 1 hour.  Whilst this loses us an hour of sleep, it does mean that the evenings will be lighter for longer ... and it's also a nice reminder that the warmer days of spring and summer are not far away!

We took a look at what the BBC Science Focus Magazine had to say about changing the clocks, and thought we'd share:

Why do the clocks change?
The main reason we have Daylight Saving Time is simply to make better use of the daylight available. Between March and October, an hour of daylight is borrowed from the morning and added to the end of the day. In modern society, this means saving a fraction on energy bills, which as we all know, are rather high at the moment.

When did Daylight Saving Time start?
We began using Daylight Saving Time only relatively recently, although it was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin back in 1784. He suggested that if we started our days earlier, when it’s lighter, then it would save on candles.

Fast forward to 1907, the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, published a leaflet entitled The Waste Of Daylight. As a keen golfer and horse rider, William Willett was eager to make the most of the daylight hours and campaigned for the rest of his life. Although his proposal was not a straightforward one; it involved moving the clocks forward by 80 minutes, in four separate increments of 20 minutes each Sunday at 2am.

In the UK, Daylight Saving Time came into use in 1916, due to the costs of energy usage during the war. However, it was Canada that became the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time, in 1908. The US followed suit in 1918.

What is standard time?
Standard time refers to the local time when Daylight Saving Time is not in use. For us here in the UK, it’s widely known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and sometimes referred to as simply ‘winter time’.

Read full article from BBC Science Focus Magazine