Science Museum puts the clocks back to mark end of British Summer Time

25/10/2012

Date: Friday 26 October, 9.00-10.30am
Measuring Time Gallery, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
RSVP to
Laura.Singleton@sciencemuseum.org.uk or Tel: 0207 942 4364

Outline

Take pictures, film or record Richard Horton, Science Museum Conservator, as he adjusts the clocks in the Science Museum’s Measuring Time gallery – ahead of the clocks going back this Sunday, 28 October.

The gallery traces the history of timekeeping from sand-glasses to sundials, water clocks to wristwatches – a rich collection of more than 500 timepieces from all eras.

Key Pictures

· Richard Horton setting the time of some of the iconic clocks in the Science Museum’s Measuring Time gallery.
· Photos of individual clocks in the gallery which include part of the Wells Cathedral Clock – the second oldest surviving clock in England and the third oldest in the world.
· External and internal parts of electro-mechanical clocks and rare and beautiful handcrafted clocks from different eras.

Filming / recording opportunities

· The sight and sound of the internal part of the Wells Cathedral Clock – as it chimes every quarter of an hour.
· Historical clocks and watches from all eras - ticking / chiming.

Interview opportunities

Andrew Nahum, Senior Keeper, Science Museum.

The Science Museum’s Measuring Time gallery traces the history of time-keeping and contains one of the greatest national and international collections of clocks in Britain. The gallery is brought to life with the sounds and sights of some exceptional clocks including the 1392 Wells Cathedral Clock as well as an impressive display of external and internal parts of electro-mechanical clocks and rare and beautiful handcrafted clocks from different eras. Many of the clocks have been recently restored to working condition thanks to generous support from The Mercers’ Company.

For further information of the gallery visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

For further press information please contact Laura Singleton, Science Museum Press Office. E-mail: Laura.Singleton@sciencemuseum.org.uk. Tel: 0207 942 4364. @LauraSingleton3

Visitor Information
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