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Training key priority for Smith of Derby Clockmakers

January 16, 2018 Heritage, News, Public, Time, Traditional

Our clockmakers were taken off the road last week for training at our Derby workshop. This included working with external specialists as well as experts from within the team on aspects of traditional turret clock history and care; health and safety; customer relations and electronics. They were also introduced to new products and some projects in development. Safety is a main priority for our company with our specialists receiving training and maintenance checks on their equipment and company vehicles ensuring we are a safe pair of hands. It is part of our ongoing commitment to enhance the knowledge and skills…

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Historic clock paves the way for future expertise

January 5, 2018 Heritage, News, Time, Traditional

Turret clock and Harrison specialist, Chris McKay, is today working alongside our apprentices to restore the James Harrison of Hulls clock which arrived at our Derby workshop on 22nd December. The preliminary analysis of the clock marks the first step towards a restoration which will see the piece reinstalled at the Derby Silk Mill as part of their renovation to become the Museum of Making 2020. Smith of Derby apprentice, Mitch, is excited to work on the restoration. He says, “This clock has not worked for a while and I look forward to being part of the process to see…

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See our apprentices dismantling the James Harrison of Hull’s clock @derbysilkmill

December 22, 2017 Heritage, News, Public, Time, Traditional

Check out our apprentice clockmakers Sam, Mitch and Tom dismantling the James Harrison of Hull’s Clock @derbysilkmill on Monday 18th December. James Harrison of Hull’s clock is now @smithofderby workshop waiting to be carefully restored under the guidance of turret clock and particularly Harrison specialist Chris McKay. For the latest updates please visit twitter pages @derbymuseums @smithofderby.

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Our apprentices to restore historic Harrison clock

December 15, 2017 Heritage, News, Public, Time, Traditional

Derby Museums and Smith of Derby are delighted to announce a partnership project that will see the historic Harrison clock, formerly of Derby Guildhall, removed from Derby Silk Mill and restored to working condition by apprentices at Smith of Derby. This exciting project has the dual benefit of training up future clockmakers and maintainers while safeguarding the future of one of the museum’s, and Derby’s, most significant treasures. The project will also see the nationally-significant Whitehurst I turret clock removed to Smith of Derby for safe keeping and display during the course of the Silk Mill’s £16.4m renovation to become…

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We’re changing our logo: About our redesign

September 21, 2017 Heritage, News, Public, Traditional

Written by Joe Smith, Director & 5th Generation Smith Family. Over the last year we have been designing a fresh “face” to the world. Actually four fresh faces – for our long standing clockmaking companies: J B Joyce of Whitchurch, James Ritchie of Edinburgh, William Potts of Leeds, and John Smith & Sons of Derby. Ours is a rich heritage that dates right back to the 1690’s and we are reflecting this through a common identity theme, perpetuating the individual company names as well as their traditional hand and dial designs. This means we’ll have new brand identities with the…

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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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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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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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