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Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum.

The collection includes more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials and examples of hand engraving, mapping the history of innovation in watch and clock making in London from 1600 to the present day.

Assembled by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and once located in the Guildhall, this remarkable array of timepieces traces the story of the capital’s clockmakers—from their first marine chronometers and mechanical clocks through the evolution of the wristwatch.

John Harrison was the inventor of the marine chronometer. Among the collection’s highlights are the fifth chronometer he made, which he completed in 1770, and a four-month duration longcase clock by the father of English watchmaking, Thomas Tompion.

Sir George White, curator of the Clockmakers’ Museum, turns back the clocks in the gallery to Greenwich Mean Time

Supported by

DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund