The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

The Clockmakers’ Company was established by Royal Charter granted by King Charles I in 1631. It ranks 61st in the order of precedence of the 110 City of London Livery Companies. It is the oldest surviving horological institution in the world, and its motto is Tempus Rerum Imperator, Latin for Time is the ruler of (all) things. See our History & Customs.

The new Master, Andrew James, with the Wardens, Deputy Master and Honorary Chaplain at St James Garlickhythe 23rd January 2018
Clockmakers at the Heritage Craft Festival in Lincoln Cathedral 23-24 June ... click on the image for full size
The Assistant Clerk smiling as she starts to abseil down the Cheesegrater on 8th September - in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal
Simon Colton, winner of the 2017 Clockmakers' Prize at Birmingham City University with Past Master Roy Harris at Awards Day: 13th June 2017
Clockmakers in The Lord Mayor's Show - November 2016
Presentation of The Poole Cup to Jacob Russell at the BHI's Awards Day on 29th October 2016 (L to R: Past Master David Poole, Jacob Russell and Michael Stewart, Master 2016)
Clockmakers on a tour of Big Ben 3rd Sep 2016
Master's Outing to Sinclair Harding, Yorkshire 13th July 2016
The Master's Outing to The Somme: May 2016. Clockmakers at the Welsh Memorial to commemorate members of the 38th Welsh Division who fell at Mametz Wood during the 1st Battle of the Somme in July 1916
Visit 8th June: 28 members of the Company visited the Clockworks Museum including (L to R): The Clerk, Dr James Nye (owner of Clockworks and the host), the Asst Clerk, The Mistress 2016 and The Master 2016
The Golf Team (L to R: Mark Needham, Anthony Houldern, PM Mark Elliott and Michael Jarrett achieved 6th place (out of 52 teams) in the Prince Arthur Cup tournament on 17th May 2016
Members of the Clockmakers' Company with the Master on his Outing in the Cotswolds 10-11 May 2017 (click on the image for full size)
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - superb examples of Thomas Tompion’s work, the Father of English clockmaking, and of Daniel Quare
HRH The Princess Royal opening The Clockmakers' Museum on 22nd October 2015 in a new gallery at The Science Museum with Ian Blatchford, Director Science Museum, Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman Science Museum Group, and Philip Whyte (Master 2015)
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - on the left 18 C domestic time keeping, with on the right a fine portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum with London clockmaking in the 20th century halfway down on the left
The Clockmakers’ Museum looking down the gallery, showing chronometers and naval history in the centre distance
Philip Whyte (Master 2015) with Clockmakers at Art in Action 2015
Professor Lisa Jardine CBE (President of the AHS) and Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, exchanging scrolls to mark the formal affiliation between the WCC and the AHS after the Harrison Lecture on 23 Sep 2014
The Master's visit to Charles Frodsham & Company - September 2014 (click the image to view full size)
The Princess Royal admiring The Clockmakers' Croll Testimonial - now on loan to The Science Museum, in the Information Age Gallery
HMS PROTECTOR 3rd October 2013: Lt Cdr Russ Scott ("2013 Man of the Year"), PM Commander Peter Linstead-Smith OBE RN, The Clerk, Capt Rhett Hatcher after the presentation of the Clockmakers' Tankard
The Master's visit to The Isle of Man - May 2014 - (click to view full size!)
The Master and his team in action at the 2016 Annual Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard on Shrove Tuesday
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - Horological Curiosities
"Decoding Harrison" Symposium at Greenwich - charting Harrison’s early history in pendulum clock-making
Andrew Crisford, Master in November 2011,and Liverymen, in the Lord Mayor's Show celebrating Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton's mayoralty.
Court members & the Stewards at the Midsummer Court meeting at Salters' Hall 4th July 2013
A Grave Party - Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Wardens on the 190th Anniversary of Victor Kullberg's birthday
The Stewards' Dinner at Wax Chandlers' Hall on 9th March 2016
Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Members of the Clockmakers' Company at the unveiling of the George Daniels Blue Plaque at 21 Thornsett Road, on Charter Day
Clockmakers' Charter Day sundial walk around the City of London
Pub Lecture: "Making a Living Out of Time" by Liveryman David Rooney (click image to see full screen size)
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen in March 2013 to mark her Diamond Jubilee
A view of the new Museum - Longitude precision simplified - The Harrison case on the left contains “H5”, to the right is the work of Mudge, Arnold, Earnshaw and their contemporaries


The Clockmakers’ Museum is the oldest, and is considered by many to be one of the finest collections of clocks, watches and sundials in the world. The Bridgeman Art Library have images of several items in the collection.

The Clockmakers’ Museum is housed on the 2nd floor of the Science Museum in South Kensington. Access is free to the public 10.00am-5.30pm daily.  Plan your visit >> click for more information >>… and see photographs taken at the opening of the Museum in October 2015.


Most Freemen and Liverymen of the Clockmakers’ Company are still involved in horology, whether clock making, watch making, designing, buying, selling, collecting, repairing, restoring, conserving or using for scientific purposes. Becoming a Freeman involves making a declaration (taking an oath). Liverymen must first be granted their Freedom of the City.  See our History and Customs.

The Court

The Company is governed by a Court of ten or more Assistants. The Court elects a Master and three Wardens as its officers every year. The Clerk attends to the day-to-day business of the Company.


Charitable, having a long history of cultural patronage primarily supporting clockmaker related good causes and in particular the education and training of clockmakers, and making awards for excellence in horology; the Company now also plays an important part in social life, networking, and charitable work in the City of London.

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The Clockmakers of London

New 88 page edition of “The Clockmakers of London” now published by Sir George White, with substantially revised text and a large number of stunning new illustrations. Read more about it  …. & you can buy it for £15 on this link.

2017: an outstanding year for horology students

Each year, the George Daniels’ Educational Trust (GDET) provides financial assistance to students and apprentices who are training to become watch or clock makers. Click here to see some of the outstanding results that were achieved in 2017.

Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) Lectures

A formal affiliation was signed in 2014 between the WCC and the AHS. WCC Liverymen and Freemen are encouraged to attend the excellent AHS Lectures, which are free to WCC members and include teas before and wine afterwards, so are very social and interesting events. List of forthcoming lectures in London is on the AHS site.

National Benevolent Society of Watch & Clock Makers

The Hain Sanders Research / Personal Development Award

The Clockmakers’ Company recently launched The Hain Sanders Research / Personal Development Award, the purpose of which is to assist professional clockmakers and watchmakers in the learning of new skills or enhancing their personal development, and to support scientists researching the measurement of time or a closely related project. Click here for the application form.

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