The museum features a range of of clocks, watches, other timekeeping items and more than 10,000 books, journals and other literature on horology, accumulated over the 160 years history of the British Horological Institute – which focuses on the study of time.
The 150-year-old original St. Pancras clock and Captain Scott’s pocket watch rescued from Antarctica are just another two of the many ‘jewels’ on display.
There have been regular openings to the public throughout the summer visits from groups of up to 50 at a time.
“Our earliest 17 century clocks on display only had hour hands as they were accurate within 45 minutes a day.
“Amazingly within 20 years clocks were transformed to an accuracy within seconds.
The 35 streets that first made up Nottm
How these suburbs got their names
Why city streets are named after battles
The public toilets that have disappeared
“The feedback from the children was remarkable and we are looking to roll out the programmes to 25 more schools in the coming year.”
Alan Midleton said: “Dawn Barnes and John Hope (chief development officer) have been brought in for their commercial and business experience.
“Funding cutbacks to the Arts is making many organisations take a more commercial view of the way in which they operate and we are no different.
“We are building partnerships with other attractions in order to promote the local area, offering interesting and educational days out for groups and developing a school’s project to assist numeracy improvement.
“Increase in opening times will make us more accessible to the public and our ‘kids’ free policy’ swelled number during the recent holiday period.’’