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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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WCC Social Panel visit to the Clockmakers’ Museum Wed 26 Sep 2018 from 6.45pm

Priority given to newer and younger WCC Freemen & Liverymen – 15 people only £15 pp. See link to flyer for all information. Book / email to the Clerk “SEP Outing 26 Sep” by 12 Sep.

Anna Rolls appointed Curator

On behalf of the Clockmakers’ Charity, the Master is delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Rolls as Curator of the Clockmakers’ Collection; a new role that has been established following Past Master Sir George White’s decision not to seek re-election as Keeper of the Collection in September, after more than thirty years’ Service. Click the link for all information..

The Clockmakers of London

New 88 page edition of “The Clockmakers of London” now published by Sir George White, with substantially revised text and a large number of stunning new illustrations. Read more about it  …. & you can buy it for £15 on this link.

National Benevolent Society of Watch & Clock Makers

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.

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