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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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Derby Museums Arts & Heritage Programme

March 15, 2017 News

As part of a wider ‘Arts & Heritage in the Public Realm’ strategy, a series of arts proposals have been commissioned by Derby Silk Mill linked to its ongoing Re:imagine programme, to become a new Museum of Making. Artist and maker Andy Plant has recently been commissioned to undertake a short in-house residency to explore a potential time-based work, including links to Smith of Derby and related clock-making collections held within the Silk Mill.  As part of this initial micro commission, Andy and Arts Consultant Ian Banks visited our works on Friday 10th March to introduce the potential project concept….

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UK’s first clock makers’ training centre opens at Smith of Derby

March 6, 2017 News

We’ve opened the UK’s first training centre dedicated solely to helping secure future generations of clockmakers. Inspired by the desire to help train its apprentices and continue the traditions of our family-owned business, we’re also looking at ways of working with schools, colleges and education establishments to help provide a platform for clockmaking and engineering expertise.   The training centre, within our Smith of Derby clock works in Derby, features a full-scale turret clock with both traditional and technologically advanced operating equipment, creating a unique environment for skills development. Tony Charlesworth, Technical Sales Manager with responsibility for overseeing training, said:…

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Watch this touching short video of our clockmaker Jonathan Lee

March 6, 2017 News

Watch this touching short video as Jonathan Lee, one of our clockmakers takes you through a typical day. Jonathan has been with us for 47 years, he started in July 1970 for John Smith & Sons. A pleasure to watch a craftsmen at work. Go to videos page

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Royal Academician Cornelia Parker unveils installation at St Pancras Station

May 28, 2015 News, Public

London, 28 May 2015 – at 5:30am, St Pancras International station and the Royal Academy of Arts revealed this year’s highly anticipated Terrace Wires installation, One More Time, 2015, by leading British artist Cornelia Parker RA.

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A beautiful dial restoration, St James Church, Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire

May 20, 2015 Heritage, News

Smith of Derby clock-makers have completed a beautiful dial restoration and provided the client with the opportunity to save funds for other projects in the process.Martin Butchers, Technical Sales Engineer for the South, was asked by St James’ Church in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, to visit and inspect the clock, with a view to repairing the movement and restoring the clock to good working order. On close inspection Martin saw that the clock dial had weathered badly and was in great need of restoration, and because there were other works taking place at the church which required scaffolding, he suggested that…

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New Smith of Derby clock built for its old home – now owned by award winning restaurant L’escargot bleu

May 11, 2015 Creative, News

New Smith of Derby clock built for its old home – now owned by award winning restaurant L’escargot bleu. Just like the hands of a clock, what goes around comes around. So when we were called out to build a new clock for top Edinburgh restaurant L’escargot bleu, it was like stepping back in time. It emerged that the restaurant is housed in the former home of James Ritchie & Son, a Smith of Derby company and now based in nearby Broxburn, and the clock they were replacing was a James Ritchie original that had stood there for decades. Tony…

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Clock dials at Chetwynd, Shropshire restored to former glory

February 13, 2015 Heritage, News

“The difference between before and after is stark. We have been associated with the church for many years and the last time the clock dials were restored was in 1970, and therefore an extensive amount of work needed to be carried out.” – Keith Cotton, Technical Sales Engineer

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