Museum Clock Restored

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Museum Clock Restored

One of Stroud District Museum's time-keeping treasures has been restored to working order and returned to permanent display at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.

The clock was made in Bristol in about 1820 for the new building at Dunkirk Mill, Nailsworth. It then tolled the long working hours for generations of spinners, weavers, dyers and other local cloth workers. The clock was given by the Millís owner to Stroud District Museum in 1988. In 2001 the Museum moved from Lansdown to Stratford Park, since when it has been on display in the entrance.

The restoration included repairs to worn parts, replacement of some missing pieces, a new stand and installation of automatic winding gear. The face and hands are from the famous Nailsworth church clock, known locally as the clock on stiltsí because of the unusual wooden turret that served as a clock tower until it was demolished in the 1930s. The clock has three bells. Two chime on the quarter hours and one strikes on the hour.

The restoration works were done by the Cumbria Clock Company, which has restored and maintains many nationally important church and public clocks.

David Mullin, Museum Collections Officer, said "We are delighted that visitors can now see and hear this beautiful piece of local heritage in action."

Restoration has been carried out in commemoration of Dr Kenneth Southgate (1927-2001), Treasurer of the Museum Friends, whose enthusiasm and hard work helped to make the Museum in the Park possible.

For more information and photographs contact Abigail Large, Museum Administrator, Tel: 01453 763394

Posted : 15/08/2007 14:54:44

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