Museum & Library

The Clockmakers’ Museum Collection is moving

to The Science Museum

Read the Press Statement

The Clockmakers’ Museum is currently closed to public viewing while it moves from Guildhall to the Science Museum where it will re-open in October 2015. Notice will be given once the date is confirmed. A new web-page is also under construction.

Meanwhile, details of many items in the Clockmakers’ Museum Collection can still be viewed via the Bridgeman site and the guide-book to the Collection: “Clockmakers’ of London” by Sir George White can be purchased via the Company’s Shop.


The 21st Century Case with the Museum behindFounded in 1813, it was originally a library of ancient manuscripts of the Company, but soon grew to include many printed books, often presented by their authors, or annotated by famous clock and watchmakers. The Clockmakers’ Library is now celebrated for its holding of rare clockmakers’ workbooks and related documents (such as Victor Kullberg’s records, and many 18th century holograph manuscripts by John Harrison).

The Collection


John Harrison’s “H5”

The Clockmakers’ Museum is the oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world, and considered to be one of the finest. It contains some 600 English and European watches, 30 clocks and 15 marine timekeepers, together with a number of rare horological portraits. The majority of items in the Collection range from c.1600 to c.1850. Perhaps the most important group within the Collection is the marine timekeepers, illustrating the importance of horology in the science of navigation, including the celebrated 5th marine timekeeper made by John Harrison and completed in 1770 … more >>

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(for WCC Liverymen & Freemen)

The Clockmakers’ Museum will be re-opening in late October 2015

There will be a Private Preview of the Clockmakers' Collection in its new home at the Science Museum on 20th October 2015. Liverymen and Freemen can apply to attend the Preview using the Application Form found in the WCC Members' Diary above.

Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) Lectures

A new 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 Clockmakers’ Masterpiece Competition 2014-16

The Clockmakers' Company launched The Clockmakers' Masterpiece Competition designed to reward and encourage individuals studying horology to show outstanding use of the skills involved in the art and practice of watch and clockmaking … see the rules … click for on-line application

Younger WCC please note!

Click this link for the "Younger Inter-Livery web-site" run by the Pewterers' Company - exciting events & fun for younger members of WCC! There's also a link on Facebook.

George Daniels Educational Trust

Encouraging excellence & financially assisting apprentices & students, with grants & bursaries for training in horology

Training to be a Clockmaker?

National Benevolent Society of Watch & Clock Makers