Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

The Luxury of Time: Clocks from 1550-1750

4 Oct 2019 - 26 Jan 2020

Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1

Free

Explore the history of early British clock making in this small display. Featuring beautiful objects from the golden age of British clock making in the 17th century, these exquisitely decorated pieces were at the cutting edge of technology and many were the ultimate status symbol of their day.

Edward East and Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, Gilt and silver table clock, c. 1650. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

Robert Harvey, London, early lantern clock, c.1610

Robert Harvey, London, early lantern clock, c.1610. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

David Ramsay Scotus; de Heck engraver, London, James VI & I silver-gilt astronomical watch, c.1620. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

Richard Glynne, London, Inclining Dial, 1706 – 1743. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

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Access

We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

 

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Header: Edward East and Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, Gilt and silver table clock, c. 1650. Image by kind permission of Dr. John C. Taylor OBE.

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