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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/002
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1704-1989
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 34 production units.
Name of creator(s): Antiquarian Horological Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Society was founded in October 1953 as a group for those interested in the history and study of time measurement, and produced a quarterly journal Antiquarian Horology.


Scope and content/abstract:


Records of the Antiquarian Horological Society, comprising: AGM notices, 1966-date (Ms 20510); minutes, 1950-70 (Ms 20511, 20512-13, 20575); lists of members, 1957-67 (Ms 20511A); publicity material, 1954-ca. 1974 (Ms 20514-15); Benjamin Gray's daybook, 1704-26 (Ms 23726); Robert Gardner's commonplace book, ca. 1887 (Ms 29842); and miscellaneous papers, ca. 1915-89 (Ms 29186-7A, 29287, 29292, 30794-4A).

Ms 20514 is a series of printed pamphlets recording the history of the Society in a summary form, 1955-ca. 1974.

They were catalogued at various dates from 1983 by members of Guildhall Library staff. Access to records should be sought from the Society (contact details may be obtained from the enquiry desk).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been arranged in sections according to record type.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Mss 20510-515 were deposited by Cedric Jagger, in his capacity as member (from 1953) and officer (from 1954) of the Society, in 1983 and after. Ms 20575 was purchased by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and deposited in the Library by the company. Ms 23726/1 was deposited by the Society via the Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library on 25 July 1996. A photographic copy (formerly Ms 23726 and now Ms 23726/2) had been previously deposited in 1989 when the original was still in private hands. Mss 29186, 29187, 29187A, 29287, 29292, 29842, 30794 and 30794A were deposited by the Society via the Printed Books Section on 11 August 1991, 27 January, 6 April and 16 May 1994, 26 April 1995 and 14 January 1997. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also records of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, reference CLC/L/CD.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
June to August 2010.

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