Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Clockmaker's Museum

After lunch at the Terrace Cafe on the 4th floor of the Barbican Library Centre, a group of us went to the Clockmaker's Museum over at the Guildhall.  There was an amazing amount of clocks in this small museum space. The early pieces of pocket watches were the size of large ornate pill boxes. There were cases of keys that wound the watches.  Some of these watch keys were as ornate to match the ornateness of the watch.  There was a section dedicated to John Harrison for making an accurate chronometer.  Although only the H5 is displayed here, his other clocks are on displayed in the Greenwich Museum.  The chronometers displayed are other makers like Mudge, Arnold and Earnshaws whom after had seen and studied the drawings that Harrison made, attempted to make.  The book Longitude by Dava Sobel, an excellent book, talks about his story.

Photos courtesy of Clockmaker's Museum website. No cameras were allowed.

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