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Related Organisations

with whom the Clockmakers’ Company has close associations:-

The British Horological Institute (BHI). The Clockmakers’ Company has close links with the British Horological Institute and its headquarters at Upton Hall in Newark. The BHI was formed in 1858 to promote horology, and today continues to provide education, standards and support to its 3,000 members around the world involved in making, repairing and servicing clocks and watches.

The Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) is a learned society formed in 1953. It exists to promote the study of clocks and watches and the history of time measurement in all its forms. In order to achieve its aims the AHS holds meetings and publishes a quarterly journal Antiquarian Horology, and various books.  Many members of the Clockmakers’ Company are also members of the AHS.

A new formal affiliation between the WCC and the AHS was signed by the President of the AHS (Professor Lisa Jardine) and the Master Clockmaker at the Michaelmas Court Dinner on 23rd September 2014. All members of the WCC can attend AHS lectures free of charge. A list of forthcoming lectures in London can be found at http://www.ahsoc.org/events/london-lectures/.

The British Watch & Clockmakers’ Guild. In 1907 a small number of watchmakers met together in Clerkenwell to discuss the then problems of their craft and to see, by joining together, what they could do not only to benefit themselves, but to benefit the craft in general. From these small beginnings has grown The British Watch and Clock Makers’ Guild, whose members now come from all parts of the United Kingdom and abroad.

The Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain … They are continuing the popular series of evening courses, aimed at all skill levels; from complete novices, to improvers, to professional metalsmiths wishing to hone a particular engraving skill. In this hands-on practical course you will learn from highly skilled professionals in a workshop environment. Courses last six weeks, one evening per week. With a maximum quota of five students, classes are highly individualised.

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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.

George Daniels Lecture 29 Nov 2017

The George Daniels Lecture 2017, "The story of the marine chronometer and the National Maritime Museum’s collection", given by Jonathan Betts, will be held at City University, London on Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 at 1830. Admission is free.

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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