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The Luxury of Time: In Conversation

23 Nov 2019

Free, booking required.

Join us for expert insight into The Luxury of Time with a Guided Tour and a wider In Conversation about inventions and inventors .


In Conversation at 14:30 (Booking required)
Guided Tour at 10:30 (Sold out)

In Conversation: A passion for invention

14:30 -15:30, free, age 14+. 

What inspires a new invention? How do scientists, engineers or designers take an initial idea to a finished product?  Does the process of invention ever end?   Dr Louise Horsfall, Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh and Dr John C Taylor, one of Britain’s most prolific and successful inventors come together to explore the creativity, problem solving  and sheer hard work that goes into the development of any new technology. Chaired by Dr Alison Morrison Low President of the Royal Scottish Society for the Arts (RSSA).

The Luxury of Time: guided tour - Sold out

10:30 - 11:15, free, age 14+. 

Dr John C Taylor OBE leads a tour of The Luxury of time - a display of 17th-century clocks and timepieces from Dr Taylor’s personal collection. An opportunity to gain an insight into Dr Taylor’s fascination with clocks and clockmaking technologies.


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Header image: James VI & I Silver and Gilt Astronomical watch by David Ramsay, London c.1618. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

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The Luxury of Time: Clocks from 1550-1750

A special display of rare and significant historical timepieces telling the story of a golden age of innovation in British watch and clockmaking.

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David Ramsay, the King's Chief Clockmaker

Curator Dr Tacye Phillipson and Dr John C Taylor OBE explore the story of David Ramsay of Scotland, (royal clockmaker to James VI & I) and clockmaking from 1550–1750.
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