Among our many treasures we have a superb longcase clock, built in 1715 by Samuel Barrow and still going strong. It has an eight day movement which is housed in a walnut veneer case with marquetry decoration.
It needs to be wound every week and our chief wind-up merchant is Phil. Every Tuesday, he dons his ceremonial robes and performs the clock winding ceremony, ensuring another week of timekeeping for the venerable clock. For the few museum visitors who’ve been lucky enough to witness the ceremony, its been a life-changing event.
The clock is in our exhibition of items from the 18th and 19th centuries on the first floor. You never know, on your next visit to the museum you might be lucky enough to catch Phil in the middle of his ceremonials.
See you soon.