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David Ramsay, the King’s Chief Clockmaker

14th January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Our warm thanks to James Ritchie Clockmakers for proudly sponsoring the event.

The lecture will be given by Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museums Scotland) and Dr John C. Taylor OBE (horologist and inventor), and delivered in conjunction with V&A Dundee.

Dr Phillipson will provide an overview of the variety and development of clockwork during the 17th century. Dr Taylor uncovers the innovation of Scottish watchmaker, David Ramsay (c1585-1660), Chief Clockmaker to King James I and first master of the Worshipful Clockmakers Company London (1632).

The lecture will be followed by a reception providing a good opportunity for people to mingle, meet the speakers and Society staff and Fellows, and to see some of V&A Dundee.

Tickets are free and can be booked using this link https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/event/194/david-ramsay-the-king-s-chief-clockmaker

James Ritchie Clockmakers commenced business in 1809 where they developed as leading clock and watchmakers in Edinburgh, famously pioneering electrical horology and collaborating with astronomer royal Charles Piazzi Smyth in creating the mechanisms for the one o’clock gun and time ball on Calton Hill. Today they act as specialists in the restoration, conservation and repair of antique clocks.



14th January 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee, DD1 4EZ United Kingdom

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