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Museum & Library

The Clockmakers’ Museum Collection is moving to the Science Museum.
Read the Press Statement.

The Museum is now closed to public viewing while it moves from Guildhall to the Science Museum where it will re-open in the Summer of 2015. A new web-page is under construction; until then updates about the new “Time Gallery” in the Science Museum, including its opening date in 2015, will be posted as and when available.

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.

History

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

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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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    Tue, 23 September 2014 at 18:20
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The Clockmakers’ Museum has closed for relocation

A new "Time Gallery" is to open in Summer 2015 at The Science Museum
Read the Press Statement.

Ships, Clocks & Stars : the Quest for Longitude

at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 11th July 2014 to 4th January 2015. All info on this link.

John Harrison at Leeds City Museum

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