2018 Programme

Meetings in person: With regards to Covid, those attending meetings do so as their own risk.  However, please do not attend if you are Covid positive, have a bad cold, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested Covid positive in the previous two weeks.

Please note: On-line meetings will be virtual meetings only, not meetings in person. Due to limited Club resources, on-line meetings are mainly confined to Club members only.


January 3rd

‘Bracket Clocks’ – David Rawlins

A talk by David Rawlins, Club Member, on the development of brackets clocks and some examples he has worked on. Club members are invited to bring along examples also.

February 7th

‘George Daniels – the master watchmaker’ – Grahame Brooks Hon FBHI

The talk provides a personal view from a friend and a colleague. Grahame knew George Daniels for more than 40 years and the talk will cover many of George’s achievements and give an insight in to his passion for vintage cars and other interests.

March 7th

2017-8 AGM (15 minutes only) followed by a video

April 4th

Bring & Discuss

May 2nd

‘Screw Threads’ – Sid Lines

June 6th

‘The Forgotten History of George W Rickett’ – Graham Dolan

Rickett worked at the Royal Observatory from 1918 until the 1960s. At the start of WW2, he took charge of the chronometer work when it was evacuated to Bristol and then Bradford on Avon. His small team kept the armed forces supplied with properly tested and rated chronometers and watches, issuing some 21,023 instruments in the last year of the war alone. In 1948 the Chronometer Department moved to Herstmonceux. and Rickett remained its head until 1964. Graham Dolan is one of the country’s leading authorities on the history of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where he worked for many years as its Senior Education Officer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and his Royal Observatory website (www.RoyalObservatoryGreenwich.org) is widely consulted.

July 4th

‘Clocks in Urban Infrastructure’ – David Rooney

David Rooney is Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, London. There is a huge network of clocks hidden from view which help cities operate and David will be talking about the clocks embedded into urban systems, from street lighting and fire alarm networks to traffic signals and taxicabs, as well as underpinning modern technologies as diverse as satellite navigation and financial trading.

August 1st

Bring & discuss

September 5th

‘British Jerome – the untold story’ – Peter Gosnell

Peter has extensively researched the American clock trade with the UK in the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century and its influence on UK clockmaking. In this talk, he presents research he has undertaken in to British Jerome which imported American clocks; made such clocks in the UK; and even tried re-exporting them to the USA.

October 3rd

‘Breguet 111 and other Breguet clocks at the British Museum’ – Oliver Cooke

Oli is a Curator of Horology at the British Museum. He has been researching Breguet 111 and the other three wheeled clocks by Breguet and presents his findings along with other Breguet clocks from the collection.

November 7th

Bring & discuss

December 5th

Christmas Fayre with a Bring & Buy, Members’ Evening