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Museum & Library

Founded 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 Museum

A view of the Clockmakers' Museum in a new gallery on the 2nd floor of The Science Museum

A view of the Clockmakers’ Museum in a new gallery on the 2nd floor of The Science Museum

The Clockmakers’ Museum is the oldest collection in the world specifically of clocks and watches, 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 range from c.1600 to c.1850. Perhaps the most important group within the Collection is the marine timekeepers,

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John Harrison’s “H5” (click image to learn more)

illustrating the importance of horology in the science of navigation, including the celebrated 5th marine timekeeper made by John Harrison and completed in 1770.

The Collection was at Guildhall in the City of London since 1874, but it has now moved to The Science Museum. It was formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 22nd October 2015 in a new gallery on the 2nd floor of The Science Museum.

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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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