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Collection Title
Clock Collection
Description
The Clockmakers' Collection was begun in 1814 and is the world's oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches. It conprises about 1,000 objects, from the 15th century to the present day, including pocket watches and their movements (especially of the 17th-19th centuries), precision watches, domestic and scientific weight and spring clocks (especially of the 17th century), clock movements, marine time keepers (especially from the 18th and 19th century), pocket sundials, clock and watchmakers' tools and a wide range of small horological items. Much of the collection was made by members of the Company or by foreign makers who influenced its work. It has been on permanent public display in Guildhall Library since 1874, in an area where many of the clockmakers worked.
The Collection is shown in a single room, containing at any one time some 600 English and European watches, 30 clocks and 15 marine timekeepers, together with a number of rare horological portraits. The majority of items in the Collection range from c.1600 to c.1850. Perhaps the most important group within the Collection is the marine timekeepers, illustrating the importance of horology in the science of navigation. Examples are a marine timekeeper of 1724 by Henry Sully, a silver deck watch by Thomas Earnshaw (used by Captain George Vancouver in the discovery by Europeans of the Island now bearing his name) and the celebrated 5th marine timekeeper made by John Harrison and completed in 1770.
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Location Details

Clockmakers' Museum
The Clock Room, Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury London EC2P 2EJ Great Britain (UK)
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Email
keeper@clockmakers.org
Telephone
020 7332 1865
Visiting Information
Open Monday to Friday 09.30-16.30, closed Bank Holidays and preceding Saturdays. Admission free
Building Information
Housed within the Guildhall Library (City Corporation)
Collections Overview
These are the collections of the City Livery Company for Clockmakers, established in 1631. They tell the store of the scientific advances made under their auspices in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Display Overview
New display installed 2001-2. The Collection is shown in a single room, containing at any one time some 600 English and European watches, 30 clocks and 15 marine timekeepers, together with a number of rare horological portraits. The majority of items in the Collection range from c.1600 to c.1850.
Star Objects
Perhaps the most important group within the Collection is the marine timekeepers, illustrating the importance of horology in the science of navigation. Examples are a marine timekeeper of 1724 by Henry Sully, a silver deck watch by Thomas Earnshaw (used by Captain George Vancouver in the discovery by Europeans of the Island now bearing his name) and the celebrated 5th marine timekeeper made by John Harrison and completed in 1770.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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