Programme 2008

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7th January   
  

BRING & DISCUSS.
A general interest evening when members are asked to bring any interesting clocks or watches to show and discuss.
4th February   
          


ESSEX CLOCKS AND CLOCKMAKERS

Chris Papworth
Chris is a practising clock maker and repairer; his business, Kelvedon Clocks Ltd., specialises in antique clocks, watches and barometers from it’s premises in High Street, Kelvedon.  He has been interested in Essex clocks for many years and has collected a wealth of information about them and their makers which he will be sharing with us.  Members are invited to bring clocks by Essex makers for his appraisal.

3rd March

WORKSHOP - AMERICAN PENDULUM CLOCKS

Brian Halfhide
Brian Halfhide, our Chairman, will talk about American Pendulum clocks.  Please bring examples from your collection for discussion.

7th April

OCTAVIUS MORGAN, 19TH CENTURY ANTIQUARIAN AND HOROLOGICAL COLLECTOR

David Thompson.
David, an old friend of the club, who is Senior Curator of Horology will speak about Octavius Morgan who was a major benefactor to the horological collection at the British Museum. 

12th May

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The meeting will be followed by a discussion about buying and selling clocks and watches on Ebay. 

14th May

CLUB VISIT

CLUB VISIT to Cheltenham to see a private collection of 30hr. Longcase clocks.  Our Secretary recently visited the collection with Alan and it is recommended to all longcase enthusiasts.  Any member interested should contact the Hon Sec.VERY SOON.

2nd June

CLOCK RESTORATION TECHNIQUES

David Rawlings.
David, a professional restorer of antique clocks, gave a fascinating talk to the club last year about a silent pull bracket clock which he had restored.  This year he will be discussing the restoration techniques which he uses.

7th  July

THE BRITISH UNITED CLOCK COMPANY

Peter Gosnell.

The BUCC was formed by the Davies Brothers in the 1880’s and equipped to mass produce clocks in the American pattern. They had been employees of Ansonia and on returning to the UK started BUCC with premises in Birmingham.  They are important because they were the first British clock company to use mass production techniques. 

13th July

GARDEN PARTY

4th August

BRING & DISCUSS. 

A general interest evening when members are asked to bring any interesting clocks or watches to show and discuss.

1st
 September

 THE ELLIOTTS – A great family of twentieth century British clock makers. 

John Glanville.
Growing from nineteenth century roots JJ Elliott and then his son FW Elliott and later his grandsons made high quality clocks, arguably the best British mass produced clocks of the twentieth century.  The range of clocks produced from 1900 to 1997, when the company finally ceased production, was amazing and the quality of manufacture and finish of both the clocks and their cases was first class.  It is often difficult to identify Elliott clocks since those made before about 1945 were usually not signed.
John & Bill Wolmuth have researched the Elliotts and their clocks and the results of this will be presented at the meeting.  Please bring your Elliott for discussion.

6th October

HISTORY OF THE DENNISON WATCH CASE COMPANY 

Philip Priestley
Philip, a member of the Club, has researched and is writing a book on the Dennison Watch Case Company.  He will be talking to us on this topic which is sure to be of great interest..

13rd November

BRING & DISCUSS.

A general interest evening when members are asked to bring any interesting clocks or watches to show and discuss.

1st December

ANNUAL CLUB AUCTION