The Company’s Library

The Clockmakers’ Library, which is housed in the Guildhall, was founded in 1814. A Court Minute of the 2nd November 1813 records that Mr F.J.Barraud gave notice that at the next Court he would move that ‘it is expedient that this Company should possess and from time to time procure such books, pamphlets and tracts as have been written and published respecting and appertaining to the subject of the art placed under the government of this corporation’. On the 10th January 1814 the motion was resolved unanimously. Today the library contains over one thousand printed items, a collection of prints, portraits and photographs and some unique manuscript material including the Company’s records. These are all available for inspection.

The earliest catalogue was produced in 1830. The most recent illustrated catalogue was produced in 1977 by Liveryman John Bromley, being a revision of the 1951 catalogue by G.H.Baillie. Sadly this catalogue is out of print but available, with searching, from second hand booksellers.

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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. For 2017, the exams are now over. Click here to read about some of the outstanding results that have been achieved.

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.

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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