Library & Archive

The Clockmakers' library and most of its archive are open for public access and include horological manuscripts, pamphlets and printed books, as well as the ancient records of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and workbooks of a number of celebrated clockmakers.

Library & Archive

The Guildhall Library will be re-opening on 11th May on a restricted basis for pre-booked researchers. Please visit the Guildhall Library website for details of how to book a space.

The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers has preserved records about its business since its inception in 1631. These include its minutes, financial accounts, registers for Freemen and for apprentice bindings, as well as various papers relating to the Company's involvement within the trade. It also holds papers relating to John Harrison and his marine timekeepers, and has deposited workbooks and papers relating to a number of horological businesses, organisations and personal collections. This archive of material is large and complex and is managed by London Metropolitan Archive (LMA). A full breakdown of its contents is available via the LMA Collections Catalogue. Although the LMA is located in Clerkenwell, the majority of our archive is housed in and accessed through the Guildhall Library.

The Guildhall Library also holds the Clockmakers’ collection of horological books and pamphlets, along with the library of the Antiquarian Horological Society. Together these form one of the most comprehensive collections of books on horology, accessible to the public. To search online for a book from either of these collections please visit the City of London Library Catalogue.

For details of how to visit the archive and library, please check the Guildhall Library website.

Online Resources

At present the majority of the information held within the Clockmakers archive is only accessible by visiting the archive itself. It is our ambition to make more resources available in a searchable format to the public online in the near future. Please click on the links below for currently available digitised records

Library and Archive

Guildhall Library,
London, EC2V 7HH
Opening times:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Visit the Guildhall Library website