Category Archives: Conservation

The Unexpected Visitor

Jonathan Betts. Almost exactly ten years ago I had John Harrison’s magnificent first marine timekeeper H1 in my workshop at the Royal Observatory. It was being dismantled for study, cataloguing and conservation for the new chronometer catalogue. I had a film crew with me … Continue reading

Posted in Clocks, Collections, Conservation, History, Meetings, Time | Leave a comment

Can bonded solid lubricants preserve the teeth of running clocks?

  Antiquarian clocks are still in widespread use.  However, like any machine, mechanical clocks wear out as they run and, to keep them running, repairs will inevitably be necessary.     The image above shows a three century old longcase clock … Continue reading

Posted in Clocks, Conservation | Leave a comment

A 68 minute weight – with verisimilitude!

Thie post was written by Jon Colombo, as a student at West Dean College   At West Dean College first year clock students make a hoop and spur wall clock, from scratch. As far as practicable we use techniques available … Continue reading

Posted in Clocks, Conservation | Leave a comment