Much of our collection is on display, with around 720 objects in the gallery. We are working with the Science Museum to digitise and photograph our collection to make it available online. To see which of these amazing objects' records are now accessible, visit the Science Museum's Collections Online website. Please contact us if you can't find what you are looking for.
Some of the most famous names in British horology were members of the Clockmakers' Company. We are proud to display some amazing pieces by these makers, from our very first Master David Ramsay, to one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Dr. George Daniels.
Watch in the shape of a star by David Ramsay
This exquisite watch, made in around 1625, was produced by the Company's first Master, David Ramsay. It depicts scenes of the birth of Christ, beautifully engraved by Gerard de Heck, a Dutch engraver working in Blois, France. Ramsay was named as the first Master on the Clockmakers' Charter of 1631. He served as a courtier to King James I as well being appointed as the King's chief clockmaker.
A watch movement by Thomas Tompion, made c.1671 before the introduction of the balance spring.
Thomas Tompion was Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1703. He is often referred to as 'The Father of English Clock and Watchmaking' having produced exceptionally fine clocks and watches, received commissions from royalty and worked with some of the best scientists and intellects of the day, including Robert Hooke. This watch movement is very rare, as it is a very early piece by Tompion and the only one known to have been made before the application of a balance spring; a device which massively improved the timekeeping properties of a watch. This invention was patented by Christian Huygens in 1675, although Hooke claimed to have invented it 17 years prior to that date.
The Clockmakers' Museum
London, SW7 2DD
- Opening times:
Wednesday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15)
Thursday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15).
Friday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15).
Saturday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15).
Sunday: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.15).
The Clockmakers of London Book
The Clockmakers of London tells the story of London as a watch and clockmaking centre, charting the evolution of the Company and its world-famous collection.