The millennium clock tower echoes the form of a medieval cathedral, standing just over ten metres high. It marks the passing of time but is also a summary of the best and worst of the twentieth century.

The millennium clock tower echoes the form of a medieval cathedral, standing just over ten metres high. It marks the passing of time but is also a summary of the best and worst of the twentieth century.

Pillar clock, or shaku-dokei, with time pointer adjustable transversely to register with one of a number of hair scales corresponding to the month marked on a lacquered plate: Japan, before 1872

Pillar clock, or shaku-dokei, with time pointer adjustable transversely to register with one of a number of hair scales corresponding to the month marked on a lacquered plate: Japan, before 1872

Table clock of gilt brass engraved with coats-of-arms and arabesques on sides, under part of case perforated and supported on four satyrs and central stem, with base resting on four later sea-horses, by Bartholomew Newsum, London, late 16th century

Table clock of gilt brass engraved with coats-of-arms and arabesques on sides, under part of case perforated and supported on four satyrs and central stem, with base resting on four later sea-horses, by Bartholomew Newsum, London, late 16th century

Operator call timing clock

Operator call timing clock

Mantel Clock, with ebonised wooden base, pendulum and key, from the Duchess' Sitting Room in Hamilton Palace by Robert Robin, Paris, France, c. 1775

Mantel Clock, with ebonised wooden base, pendulum and key, from the Duchess' Sitting Room in Hamilton Palace by Robert Robin, Paris, France, c. 1775

Lantern clock with silver dial and engraved side plates, corner pillars inset with coloured gemstones, maker unknown, within black and gold lacquered case and stand decorated with leaves and birds: Japan, mid 19th century

Lantern clock with silver dial and engraved side plates, corner pillars inset with coloured gemstones, maker unknown, within black and gold lacquered case and stand decorated with leaves and birds: Japan, mid 19th century

Tweleve hour lantern clock in brass and steel, signed on the upper part of the dial and lacking original frets on top of the frame, lacking doors at the side and original [verge] escapement, by Richard Mills, Edinburgh, late 17th century

Tweleve hour lantern clock in brass and steel, signed on the upper part of the dial and lacking original frets on top of the frame, lacking doors at the side and original [verge] escapement, by Richard Mills, Edinburgh, late 17th century

Clock with a case supported by carved wooden female figures, cubist in style, the hours marked by concentric circular lines and hands in the form of thunder bolts, possibly associated with Turner Lord: British, 1920 - 1939

Clock with a case supported by carved wooden female figures, cubist in style, the hours marked by concentric circular lines and hands in the form of thunder bolts, possibly associated with Turner Lord: British, 1920 - 1939

Commemorative clock set in a propeller hub presented to Sergeant Major A. Hinton, made by J. Ritchie and Son, Edinburgh, 1918 - 1919

Commemorative clock set in a propeller hub presented to Sergeant Major A. Hinton, made by J. Ritchie and Son, Edinburgh, 1918 - 1919

Three-face skeleton clock in a glazed case, by James Clark, Edinburgh, 1828, made for Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Three-face skeleton clock in a glazed case, by James Clark, Edinburgh, 1828, made for Cape Wrath Lighthouse

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