Thurs 12 Dec, Loomes of Stamford local events
Loomes & Co, Stamford Watchmakers host a Victorian Talk and Tour...
Thursday 12 December - 2.30pm and 5.00pm
The tour and talks will focus on the Victorian age. The world famous team hope to turn back time time with two free talks on Victorian clock and watchmaking. Staff are dressed appropriately in their period costumes (from apprentices to master clock and watchmakers) as befitted a prominent business in Stamford. Each workshop reveals another aspect of the trade including clockmaking, watchmaking, antique restoration and repair, clock and watch dials, enammeling and gilding, furniture restoration, the list is long.
Robert Loomes served a traditional apprenticeship with his father in Yorkshire, before moving to Stamford in 1993. A jewel amongst the town's independent shops they are famous for their hand made wristwatches and the place to go for any repairs or restoration work. Their highly skilled and qualified staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Director Robina Hill said, "We ran costumed tours and talks last month for the Georgian Stamford weekend and people loved the concept. We will be thrilled to introduce you to their individual workshops and to demonstrate their very rare skills. Watchmaking is currently on the Heritage At Risk register"
The craft of clock and watchmaking has changed little since the Victorian age. The British Horological Institute, founded in 1858, still teach the same essential skills. The talk explains the period in the context of Stamford's town history and the consequences of the change in horology from a hand craft to a world of manufacturing.
The talk and tour is free but must be booked - please email email@example.com - limited tickets available!