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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, Joanna Migdal (Lady White) (2nd from right), with the Wardens, Deputy Master and The Priest in Charge of St James Garlickhythe 28th January 2020
A view of the Clockmakers' 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
Steward Tim Ingram Hill, Winner of the 2020 Interlivery Pancake Races Fancy Dress Prize
The Clockmakers’ Museum looking down the gallery, showing chronometers and naval history in the centre distance
Stephen Loader, winner of the Clockmakers' 2018 Prize for the best results in the FdA Historic Craft Practices (Clocks) at West Dean College
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - Horological Curiosities
A view of the Clockmakers’ Museum - superb examples of Thomas Tompion’s work, the Father of English clockmaking, and of Daniel Quare
The Master Clockmaker with Award winning Apprentices and Journeymen
Interlivery Pancake Races 2020
The Master's visit to Waddesdon Manor 1st May 2018
Clockmakers at the Heritage Craft Festival in Lincoln Cathedral ... click on the image for full size
The Assistant Clerk smiling as she starts to abseil down the Cheesegrater - 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
Master Certificate Award Winners at Mansion House, March 2020
A view of the Clockmakers’ Museum with London clockmaking in the 20th century halfway down on the left
Clockmakers in The Lord Mayor's Show
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
The Master Clockmaker, the Wardens, The Beadle and The Clerk
The Master's Outing to The Somme. 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
HMS PROTECTOR: Lt Cdr Russ Scott ("2013 Man of the Year"), PM Commander Peter Linstead-Smith OBE RN, Former Clerk Oliver Bartrum, Capt Rhett Hatcher after the presentation of the Clockmakers' Tankard
Andrew Crisford, Master in November 2011, and Liverymen, in the Lord Mayor's Show celebrating Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton's mayoralty.
A Grave Party - Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Wardens on the 190th Anniversary of Victor Kullberg's birthday
The Princess Royal admiring The Clockmakers' Croll Testimonial - now on loan to The Science Museum, in the Information Age Gallery
Clockmakers' Charter Day sundial walk around the City of London
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee

Museum

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.

Members

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.

Activities

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.

Training to be a Clockmaker?

If you are looking for information about the training opportunities for a career in clock and watchmaking, the George Daniels Educational Trust Advisory Committee produces A Helping Hand for Students to help students. Further details can be obtained through the Secretary: secretary@gdetac.org

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