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The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

The Clockmakers’ Company was established by Royal Charter granted by King Charles 1 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 Master and his team in action at the 2016 Annual Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard on Shrove Tuesday
The newly installed Master, Michael Stewart, with his Deputy Master, Wardens, Honorary Chaplain and Piper prior to the Installation Service at the church of St James Garlickhythe on 26th January 2016
The Piper, Honorary Chaplain, Beadle and Stewards escorting the Master and the Wardens to church after Installation Court
The Clockmakers' Carol Service at St Dunstan-in-the-West was this year shared with the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards
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 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
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - superb examples of Thomas Tompion’s work, the Father of English clockmaking, and of Daniel Quare
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
A view of the new Clockmakers’ Museum - Horological Curiosities
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
A Grave Party - Jonathan Betts, Master 2014, & Wardens on the 190th Anniversary of Victor Kullberg's birthday
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
The Clockmakers' Company presented a clock to HM The Queen in March 2013 to mark her Diamond Jubilee
The Master's visit to The Isle of Man - May 2014 - (click to view full size!)
The Master's outing to Belmont House and Shepherd Neame Brewery
Pub Lecture: "Making a Living Out of Time" by Liveryman David Rooney (click image to see full screen size)
Clockmakers' lunch in The Queen's House Greenwich. The Derek Pratt Prize was presented to Martin Burgess - CLICK image for FULL SIZE
"Decoding Harrison" Symposium at Greenwich - charting Harrison’s early history in pendulum clock-making
Court members & the Stewards at the Midsummer Court meeting at Salters' Hall 4th July 2013
Congratulations to Past Master Mark Elliott & Liveryman Michael Jarrett - judged best overall pair in the Prince Arthur Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club in May 2013 in which 50 Livery Companies compete
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
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
Andrew Crisford, Master in November 2011,and Liverymen, in the Lord Mayor's Show celebrating Lord Mayor Alderman Sir David Wootton's mayoralty.

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 was formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 22nd October 2015 in a new gallery on the 2nd floor of The Science Museum.  Plan your visit >> More information >>

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.

The Newgate Street Clock

The Newgate Street Clock

The Newgate Street Clock was The Clockmakers’ 375th Anniversary Gift to The City of London.

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Installation Court photographs

MASTER pic-2Michael Stewart was installed as the new Master on 26th January 2016. Click here for The Master's short Biog ... and click this link to see a selection of photographs taken at the event

The City and The Livery

Want to learn more about The City of London and The Livery? Then go to www.cityandlivery.co.uk. This website is packed with information, exploring the City of London and its connection with the many Livery Companies (trade, craft or professional guilds) that continue to thrive and play a vital role in the governance of the City in modern times.

National Benevolent Society of Watch & Clock Makers

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.

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