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Gould, Lieutenant Commander Rupert Thomas (1890-1948)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 GOU

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Gould, Lieutenant Commander Rupert Thomas (1890-1948)

Date(s): [1923-1946]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 13 vols, 5 files; 1ft

Name of creator(s): Gould | Rupert Thomas | 1890-1948 | Lieutenant Commander


Administrative/Biographical history:

Gould entered the Navy in 1906 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1911. He served on the China Station and in the Mediterranean, but was invalided from active service in 1915. In 1916 he was appointed Naval Assistant to the Hydrographer of the Admiralty, a post he held until 1927. In 1920 Gould offered to clean and reconstruct the four Harrison marine timekeepers belonging to the nation, now on display in the National Maritime Museum.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rupert Thomas Gould, consisting of eight working notebooks containing details kept by Gould on the stripping, cleaning, re-assembling and testing of the four Harrison Timekeepers, 1923-39; three monographs (bound together) relating to the No.1 timekeeper; typescript detailed account on the No.2 timekeeper; and a printed lecture delivered to the British Horological Institute in 1931 on the No.3 timekeeper. There are also various files of correspondence relating to his presentation of notebooks and papers to the Royal Observatory, 1945-46.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were deposited on loan in 1979 by the Chronometer Section, Hydrographic Department, Herstmonceux.


Related material:

See also HSR/Z/23.


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Horology | Metal industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Time measuring instruments | Measuring instruments | Scientific equipment | Equipment

Personal names

Corporate names
British Horological Institute
Royal Observatory | Greenwich