From 31 January to 9 February access to this gallery is by request only. Please speak to a member of staff at the information desk on the day of your visit.
In Measuring Time you’ll discover a rich collection of more than 500 timepieces. From sand-glasses to sundials, water clocks to wristwatches, trace the remarkable history of timekeeping.
Clockmakers and watchmakers pioneered precision in manufacturing. Early craftsmen, labouring in small domestic workshops, learned to subdivide production into separate specialised tasks – inventing mass production before the factory system. In this gallery, you’ll find out how accurate timekeeping was highly prized and attracted the finest craftsmen.
Among the timepieces on display is the Wells Cathedral clock, built around 1392. It’s the second oldest surviving clock in England and the third oldest clock in the world.
Visit Measuring Time for a fascinating insight into the history of timekeeping.