A quick history of daylight saving time the TJC way

Ah, winter is upon us. It’s Saturday October 26th, come 2am, British clocks will fall back an hour plunging us into the ‘dark by 4pm’ evenings that the season is notorious for.

We’re normally too busy worrying about whether it’s a gain or loss in sleep we’ve acquired – but from where exactly does daylight saving time stem?

During the First World War, the jumping of clocks was first used on April 30th, 1916, when Germany embraced the method to conserve electricity. Weeks later, Britain followed suit & this method was introduced across the Kingdom.

However, in London 1905 builder William Willett had an epiphany that the plentiful British sunlight could be longer enjoyed if the United Kingdom were to move its’ clocks forward by 80 minutes  between April & October. Despite having led the first noted campaign to implement daylight saving time – Willett died in 1915 – never seeing his idea come to fruition.

Although the UK has been changing clocks since the war, daylight saving time really took off during the energy crisis of the 1970’s & has been in widespread use since then.

So there you have it – a quick low-down on Britain’s decade-old tradition that still gets us talking. Now which one is it this time, an hour more or less in bed?

While we’re on the subject of sleep, why not have a look at these adorable sleeping Koalas? We can’t get enough of them…

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