Visiting the gallery
Mechanical clocks were invented in Western Europe in the medieval period and were first used in cathedrals and churches.
Rooms 38–39 trace their development from these earliest examples to complex and highly decorative domestic clocks, marine chronometers, mass-market designs and modern precision time-keeping.
Many of the hundreds of exhibits on display are working and can be heard ticking, striking and chiming the hours.
The story of the watch is also be traced from the early 16th century to modern quartz precision and radio control.
- Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language multimedia guide. This resource is temporarily unavailable. You can access a selection of BSL films on your own device.
- Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available on Soundcloud.
- Step-free access.
- View sensory map.
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