Measuring Time at the Science Museum


An engraved skull containing a watch, which was long believed to have been given to Mary Seaton by Mary Queen of Scots at the time of her execution. It was in fact made in the 18th century, an early example of the Romantic Revival. Photo: The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
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The world’s oldest clock collection finds a new home in the Science Museum’s permanent exhibition Measuring Time. Read More


Witness the mechanical wonders of early clockmaking and watchmaking at the Science Museum, as their permanent exhibition Measuring Time expands to showcase the Clockmakers’ Museum’s remarkable collection.

The new gallery tells the fascinating story of London’s clockmakers, charting their activities from the 15th century to the modern day. Assembled by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, an ancient London Livery Company, the collection of clocks and watches is the oldest in the world and boasts around 600 watches, 15 rare marine timekeepers and 30 clocks, many of which have played an important part in history.

Among the many highlights are a watch containing the world’s first thermostat, the fifth marine timekeeper made by John Harrison (who competed for the famous Longitude Prize) in 1770 and the wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary when he conquered Everest in 1953.

Enjoy free access to one of the best horological collections in Britain with the Science Museum’s Measuring Time exhibition.


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Science Museum

Science Museum
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0870 8704 868
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