Time team

Graduates from Birmingham City University’s Horology course have been involved in a top secret project to restore the Great Clock of Westminster.

The clock, commonly referred to as Big Ben - the nickname originally given to its Great Bell – underwent a refurbishment before being restored to its iconic location in London.

Sitting at the north end of the Palace of Westminster the clock has become an iconic landmark since it was built in 1859.

Remaining the only Horology degree course in the country, the studies provide a unique opportunity to study clocks and watches, both mechanical and electronic, as well as assessing the art and science of time measurement.

Taught out of the historic School in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter graduates from the course have taken their skills all over the globe.

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Meet the graduate: Keith Scobie-Youngs

After graduating with a degree in Horology, Keith decided to take a risk and set up his own company. Over 30 years later, Keith now manages a large team of skilled workers who look after some of the world’s most famous clocks, including their recent restoration work on Big Ben.

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