The Dorset Clock Society

 

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The Dorset Clock Society exists to further the study on clocks and watches, either by Dorset makers, or by like-minded people residing in Dorset or neighbouring counties.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                            

DORSET CLOCK SOCIETY PROGRAMME

2017

Chairman: Chris McKay

Tel: 01258 840501

Email: chris.mckay@tesco.net

Treasurer Julian Parr

Tel 01225 706000

Email julian@westwiltsclocks.co.uk

Saturday February 25th at St Georges Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB
7.00pm for 7.30pm

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Dorset Clock Society

 

After the AGM there will be two talks…

The Rev. William Ludlam (1716–78); Two Horological Connections:
Ludlam’s Perpetual Calendar
Andrew James
Andrew describes this ingenious mechanism and will display a model he has made.

Ludlam and the Greenwich Hospital Clock
Chris McKay
Chris describes the clock and recounts the exchange of letters between Holmes, Smeaton and Ludlam.

 

Saturday April 1st at St Georges Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB
7.00pm for 7.30pm
The History of Metals and their Influence on Horological Development
Chris McKay
The histories of iron and steel plus copper-based alloys are outlined.  Some theories are presented as to why certain changes took place in horological design and the metallurgical developments that may have caused these.

 

Saturday June10th at St Georges Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Wooden Wheeled Clocks
Mike Flannery
In 2015 Mike was awarded a travelling scholarship to visit the United States and to study wooden clocks.  The early American clock industry was forced to make clocks completely of wood due to metal shortages.  Mike reports on what he discovered.

 

Saturday August 12th at a pub to be confirmed nearer the time
Social Evening.
A low-key social event.  Members please suggest what sort of event they would like.

 

Saturday October 21st  at St Georges Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Watch Repairing, from a Hobby to a Business
Christian Dannemann
Having worked in the software industry for 25 years, Christian decided to make his hobby his full-time profession, and is now running a watch repair business that makes all transactions through the internet, with the repair shop based in an industrial unit.

Saturday November 25th  at St Georges Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB
7.00pm for 7.30pm
The Pyke Organ Clock
Malcolm Archer
A large organ clock by Pyke came to West Dean College for restoration.  As a part-time tutor, Malcolm was actively involved in supervising the work which he will describe.

Saturday December 9th  
Christmas Lunch or Dinner
Venue TBA
We will continue to visit different locations so we do not get locked into a set pattern.  Any suggestions will be welcomed.

 

Guests

Members are encouraged to bring guests to meetings.  We hope that this will encourage new members to join the Society.  A guest’s first visit to non-paying meetings is free, but after that a donation is expected for subsequent visits to cover meeting costs.

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