Manuscripts & Archives

Following the reorganisation of the Guildhall Library, most of the archive and manuscript collections and archive services for the City of London are now concentrated at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) in Clerkenwell, a mile north east of Guildhall Library.

Guildhall Library houses the libraries of the Clockmakers’ Company and the Antiquarian Horological Society … more >>
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However Clockmakers’ Company manuscripts and archives (N.B. this listing is taken from pages 33 to 36 of the recently published book “City of London Livery Companies and Related Organisations – A Guide to their Archives in Guildhall Library”), along with all other City of London Livery Company archives, will continue to be housed and consulted at Guildhall Library.

There are also two other similar listings of the Clockmakers’ Company manuscripts and archives, one created in 2007 entitled Livery Company Membership Guide and the other extracted from John Bromley’s “The Clockmakers’ Library”. They both provide much the same information but in marginally different formats, and added notes and guidance which you might find helpful. We will endeavour to simplify these listings in due course.

You can also access archive listings of other Livery Companies.

Catalogues of the Livery Company records held by the City of London have recently been loaded on to the LMA electronic catalogue. You can search online >>

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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.

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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