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“Harrison in the Abbey”

“Harrison in The Abbey” is a 78 page soft-covered book, edited by Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, and generously sponsored by the Smith of Derby Group, clockmakers. The booklet begins with a foreword by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. This is followed by an introduction by Sir Arnold and a poem, “Jet Lag”: by Anne Stevenson.

Subsequent chapters are entitled “Westminster Abbey and its memorials”, by Sir Arnold Wolfendale, “John Harrison’s early wooden clocks”, by Dr. John C. Taylor, “Harrison the man” by Dava Sobel, “Harrison’s contributions in perspective” by Will Andrewes, “The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers” by Diana Uff, “John Harrison, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and the Clockmakers’ Museum” by Sir George White Bt., “Beyond the bench—a glimpse into the essence of genius” by Andrew King, “A fitting memorial” by Jonathan Betts, together with notes on the Harrison Memorial Fund by Joe Buxton. The booklet contains some 40 colour illustrations, including Harrison’s first, second, third, fourth and fifth timekeepers, together with a number of his wooden clock movements.

Copies are sold in aid of the Harrison Memorial Fund, which exists to support the Museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and to provide “Harrison Bursaries” to assist trainee clock and watchmakers.

Payment is made to The Clockmakers’ Charity.

Details from sales@clockmakers.org or the Clerk

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