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Smith of Derby, Rolls Royce & JCB on the #ICTP2017 Industry Tour

September 21, 2017 News, Public

We are thrilled to be hosting a visit from delegates attending the ICTP Conference in Cambridge this Friday, 22nd September. The industry tour is coming to our clock company after visiting Rolls-Royce Aerospace and JCB, and will include leading engineers, academics and other practitioners. ICTP, the ‘Olympic games of metal forming’ was founded in 1984 and is one of the biggest international events in forming technology. The 12th ICTP, the first to be held in the United Kingdom, builds on a long tradition of excellence from all over the world. Bob Betts, our Managing Director said: “We’re delighted to be selected for the ICTP industry tour and we’re looking forward to…

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Our investment in clockmaking apprentices with Chesterfield College

September 20, 2017 Heritage, News, Traditional

Over the Summer period Learning Unlimited, part of Chesterfield College Group, visited our clock company to take video footage of our clock making apprentices. Take a look at the video and many thanks to Lisa at Chesterfield College for sharing!      

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6th Generation of Family Clock Company learn the ropes…

September 11, 2017 News, Public, Time

We’re excited to welcome three members of our Smith Family, Nick, Claire and Stas, to our Derby clock company works this week. Here Nick reflects on the start of their week… Claire, Stas and I have donned our polo shirts and safety boots this week and have joined our regional clockmakers on the road and in the Derby factory to learn more about our family business. While the three of us are currently pursuing careers in Design, Geography and Filmmaking, we are keen to be more involved in the family business and learn as much as we can about what it takes to…

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Archive Records Expanding

August 8, 2017 Heritage, News, Uncategorized

Clock manufacture and installation is no new thing and our large historic database at Smith of Derby would certainly testify to this. With an extensive back catalogue of clocks, manufactured and maintained across many decades, we have been keen to ensure our database is kept up to date and that no clock is left un-oiled for too long! Nicholas Smith, our Archivist and past Chairman, has been working hard to make contact with those who are aware of clocks and timepieces in their community and who might have historical information to share on these important public pieces. Since the first letters of enquiry went out…

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Sharing clock knowledge and skills

August 4, 2017 Heritage, News, Time, Traditional

The British Horological Institute are getting ‘Out and About’ participating at local roadshows and exhibitions, promoting clock knowledge and skills through taster days, clock training workshops and the Horological Journal. Their latest expeditions include The Heritage Skills Exhibition alongside the Worshipful Company of clockmakers (WCC) in Lincoln Cathedral, and they also had an active display at the Royal Norfolk Show in June. As a local clock company, we understand the importance of keeping traditional clock making alive and we’re proud to support the BHI. We wish them every success!                  

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Our Scottish Clock Company restores Edinburgh Morningside Clock

July 17, 2017 Heritage, News, Public, Traditional

Time takes its toll on even the best loved clocks. Though not so obvious at a glance, there were plenty of good reasons to restore the Edinburgh Morningside clock. With dials, case and decorative surround carefully removed and brought to our workshops, the extent of the task was all too clear. There’s no blueprint for clocks of this age. Many were individually built, making the nature of the repairs individual too. But our metal fabrication engineers are well used to this. We have a small workforce, but between them they have clocked up many years with our company and have…

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Race for Life Donation for Cancer Research

July 6, 2017 News, Public

On Saturday 1st July, we took part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Challenge at Markeaton Park in Derby. The team, which consists of  Kirstie Davies, Lizzie Butler and Diane Davies have raised £700 for Cancer Research UK. Ant Davies, Clockmaker and Dad to Kirstie Davies, who works in our clock planning team, came to support the girls at the event. Cancer is happening right now – 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. To learn more about this great charity, please click on the link Cancer Research UK

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A Helping Hand for Handsworth

June 23, 2017 Heritage, News, Public, Time, Traditional

When our clockmaker Tim Reynolds began working on the restoration of the clock at Handsworth St. Mary’s Church, he quickly realised that he would need workshop help. The transmission to the external hands had seized completely, and required a workshop repair, so it was decided to send the affected parts to Derby. That meant that the hands could be re-gilded at Derby too.   The hands are an especially elegant design, and pre-date the clock drive unit which was renewed with an electric drive type in 1956. It’s likely that the hands and dial date from a Victorian refurbishment of…

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Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Year

June 22, 2017 News, Public, Traditional

We’d like to offer a huge congratulations to our team at Smith of Derby for winning ‘Employer of the Year’, at the ‘Celebration of Achievement’ ceremony hosted by the Chesterfield College Group. Jane Arnold, Director at Smith of Derby was presented the award on Tuesday 14th June by Chesterfield College Group. She said: “It’s an outstanding achievement to be selected out of 1,300 employers. The award recognises our hard work and support we give to our apprentices, both in clock-making and business administration.   Our Clockmaking Company has worked with Learning Unlimited, part of Chesterfield College Group since February 2015. Mitchell Eaton, one of our apprentice clockmakers, featured to…

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Alan Wilson bids a final farewell to local Edinburgh clock repairer and restorer

April 7, 2017 News

Today we bid a final farewell to Alan Wilson of James Ritchie & Son Edinburgh local clock repairers. Here Alan, reflects on his time at the local Scottish clock company part of Smith of Derby Clock restorers. I’ve spent the majority of my working life caring for and conserving Scotland’s most prestigious and historically significant public clocks. My company, James Ritchie & Son of Edinburgh, became part of the Smith of Derby Group of clockmaking companies in November 2013 and was established over 200 years ago. I’ve experienced a wonderful time as Ritchie’s Managing Director, making sure accurate time is kept on…

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