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 it come to life again”.

Identifying that a new generation of clockmakers are required to keep the restoration and conservation of turret clocks, Chris McKay is pleased to oversee the restoration of the Harrison clock which will be carried out by our apprentices. He says, “Conservation efforts are starting to come in for turret clock work and I am pleased that Smith of Derby is recognising this and investing in young people”.

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