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Plans for an important clock

    St Luke’s church (c.1825) in West Norwood, London, has an extremely fine clock (c.1827) by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, costing some 3 per cent of the budget for the church and the equivalent of several hundred thousands of modern pounds. … Continue reading

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Fire! Fire!

    The AHS has launched a fascinating new research resource for its members – a series of searchable fire insurance records, covering the period 1710 to 1863. Over many years, the late Roger Carrington (1948–2005) manually transcribed fire insurance … Continue reading

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Night watchmen

    Richard Wagner set his glorious opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Master-singers of Nuremberg) in that German city in the sixteenth century. In the second act a night watchman sings (the English translation in the vocal score is … Continue reading

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Clockpera at the British Museum

  The pairing of clocks and opera has been a recurring theme in this blog (1, 2, 3) and I am now happy to report on another such coincidence.  Over recent years, members of an opera production company, Brolly Productions, have made several … Continue reading

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Wristwatch Group meeting 14th January – Conservation and restoration

This post was written by Mat Craddock of the Wristwatch Group     In the gas-fired warmth of the Royal Arcade, WWG members heard Justin Koullapis (our gracious host, The Watch Club), Adam Phillips (casemaker and restorer), Greg Dowling (WWG member … Continue reading

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The annual winding of the Mostyn Tompion

    28 January 2016. To the British Museum, at the delightful invitation of the horology curators to take part in a little-known and wonderful ceremony – the just-once-a-year winding of the glorious Mostyn Tompion. The Deputy Director, Jonathan Williams, … Continue reading

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The Wittnauer ‘2000’ Time Machine: perpetual calendar or not?

I am fascinated by gimmicks used by past watch manufacturers to make their products stand out in a crowded marketplace and this post is the first in a short series on some attention seeking watches that have piqued my interest. … Continue reading

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Winding the Caledonian Park turret clock

    In Caledonian Park, in the London Borough of Islington, stands a distinctive 45 meter clock tower with four dials that can be seen from far away. It was erected in the 1850s to serve as the command centre … Continue reading

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Donation to the British Museum

  I write with a foot in two allied camps; as a member of the AHS and a Curator of Horology at the British Museum.  In October last year the AHS Council generously donated sixteen interesting clocks, watches and horological tools … Continue reading

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How did Arnold get to the Clockmakers’ Museum?

  On 23 October, the Clockmakers’ Museum opened at the Science Museum. The new gallery is a treasure-trove of horological history, home to so many wonderful items it’s hard to know where to look next. Tucked away in one showcase … Continue reading

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