July 6, 2017
THE UPS and DOWNS of the GREENWICH TIME BALL
In a change to our published programme we are very pleased to welcome Anna Rolls from the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Anna works as a conservator at Greenwich, home to one of the best known time balls of all. The subject of recent conservation work it is now working again but further work is planned. While exploring its history, Anna will also focus on a wide variety of challenges that are faced. For example the time ball has both internal and external parts–the latter having to face the elements–and like any horological object it is expected to endure endless repeated operations. Beyond service issues, there is the unique challenge of existing within an institution, where many different people may play a part. The everyday operation of an object can be influenced by the programme of work of several different departments.
This talk promises to give a “behind the scenes” view of conservation activities that the public do not get to hear about!
As with the June meeting there will be a small selection of wristwatches offered for sale by auction along with a selection reasonably priced horological books. The six watches are shown below.
Monthly branch meetings are normally held at the The White Hart Barn in Godstone
THE WHITE HART BARN
(Godstone Village Hall)
SURREY RH9 8DU
7.30 pm for 8.00 pm Start