The Clockworks

Thursday, 11 September 2014

There is a small, relatively undiscovered museum, close to where we live, that I've been interested in visiting for a long while.

So when I saw that The Clockworks was open for tours as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival I quickly booked us places.

The Clockworks is a museum, workshop and library dedicated to electric clocks.

The collection dates from the mid-19th century to the 1970s. It might look/sound a bit geeky, but there are actually lots of really fascinating things to look at! Many of the clocks can be opened to see their inner workings and are beautifully designed and decorated.

The on-site workshop is dedicated to conservation and repairs of all types of clocks. It's all very open and accessible so you are able to see what the guys are up to ~ this is Johan, a Dutch clockmaker...

We were treated to a talk and tour by Clockworks founder, Dr James Nye, who told us about the strong history of clock making in the area (who knew?!) and some of the stories behind the clocks and their mechanisms.

It was great to visit such an interesting place, just a few minutes' walk from home. I've lived in the area for many years and it's lovely to see places like this opening their doors to the community.

Have you ever found an undiscovered gem close to where you live? I'd be interested to know!

If you live in South London, you might also be interested in Brixton Windmill.


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