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Hosted by Heritage Crafts and the Museum of Timekeeping

When: Friday 26 April 2024, 10am to 4pm
Where: Museum of Timekeeping, Upton Hall, Newark-on-Trent, NG23 5TE


How do we ensure a resilient future for watch and clock makers, and related horological crafts? Both watch and clock making are listed as endangered on the Red List of Endangered Crafts but we are also aware that there is need for additional research and data on this complex and diverse sector.

Hosted by Heritage Crafts, this symposium serves as a platform for traditional makers, restorers, conservators and sector organisations to discuss how we can improve and promote opportunities for upcoming watch and clock makers, and ensure that skills and knowledge are passed on to the next generation.

  • Expert presentations: Learn from leading experts in the field of horology as they share insights into the craftsmanship, the cultural importance of traditional timekeeping and the future of the sector.
  • Panel discussions: Engage in a panel discussion featuring industry experts and makers, as they examine the threats facing endangered horology and discuss strategies for its conservation and revitalisation.
  • Tour of the collection: Join Dr. Robert Finnigan and Justin Koullapis FBHI for a curated tour of museum and items in the collection.
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with fellow enthusiasts, makers, professionals, and advocates passionate about preserving traditional horological skills. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and forge new collaborations to support the conservation and promotion of endangered horological heritage.

Speakers and panellists:

Andrew Canter MBHI, Outreach & Learning Coordinator, Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of MrWatchMaster and a hugely passionate horologist and collector of watches and clocks. Andrew is the Outreach & Learning Coordinator for the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a member of the British Horological Institute (BHI), Alliance of British Watch & Clock Makers, The British Watch & Clock Makers Guild, Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS), National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), Horological Society of New York and RedBar Group. Through his connections in the watch industry, he has had the privilege of meeting world renowned watchmakers, passionate collectors and horologists with fascinating stories to tell.

Justin Koullapis FBHI, Musuem of Timekeeping Chairman
Justin is an accredited clock and watch restorer with a strong background in vintage and antique watches. He is a partner in a London specialist wristwatch business and has spent over 15 years doing voluntary conservation work for the Museum of Timekeeping. He is technical editor of The Horological Journal, published by the British Horological Institute (BHI).

Dr. Robert Finnigan, Museum of Timekeeping Manager
Rob is the Museum Manger and looks after the day to day running of the Museum, as well as the Museum’s archives and library with its unique collection of approximately 10,000 archive materials and books. He is also the Museum’s EDI officer, is responsible for the social media of the Museum and is working on creating digital content and a new website for the Museum.

Lewis Heath, Founder and Managing Director of anOrdain
Glasgow based company anOrdain was founded in 2015 and has become known for making mechanical watches with beautiful and innovative enamel work. The brand is now established in the world of watches with a reputation for interesting timepieces with decorative dials. The company now employs 18 skilled staff including designers, enamellers, watchmakers and jewellers.

Daniel Carpenter, Executive Director, Heritage Crafts
Daniel is Executive Director of Heritage Crafts, the national charity for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, Heritage Crafts provide a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

Mary Lewis, Head of Craft Sustainability, Heritage Crafts
Mary leads the research for the Red List of Endangered Crafts and manages a range of initiatives to ensure the long term sustainability of heritage crafts.

This event is free to attend and will include a light lunch and refreshments. Please let us know if you have any dietary or access requirements.

Please see the Museum of Timekeeping’s website for directions and details: