Robert Loomes Staff and Vacancies

Alas, at present we have no vacancies and we are not able to take students on either short or long stay. 17th Feb 2016

CLOCKMAKER WANTED / CLOCK REPAIRER VACANCIES

We are always interested to hear from good clockmakers to come and join us in Stamford. You should either hold clockmaking qualifications (HND, BTEC, or BHI) OR have minimum five years experience and references.

Fabulous environment and location. Lovely coleagues. Interesting variety of work (predominantly repair of interesting antique clocks, mostly French and English).
Contact us for a chat!

WATCHMAKER WANTED / WATCHMAKER VACANCY

We are always looking for a experienced watch maker or watch repairer. You should have some experience on the job. The work is mainly vintage watch repair so you will be able to make some simple parts or adapt others. Experience of chronographs is an advantage but not a requirement.

Excellent conditions both in team, environment and reward.

Robina Hill  FRSA MIoD took over as managing director in 2011. With a wealth of experience having managed, taught and coached in a wide variety of enterprises, both service and manufacturing and both large and small, we are hugely fortunate to have her at the helm.

Robert Loomes FBHI FRSA, started work in his father, Brian Loomes, BA, FSG, Hon FBHI, in 1987. He learnt about clock and watchmaking with the help and tuition of some of the best – and kindest – restorers in Yorkshire.

On completing a five year apprenticeship with his father, Robert opened the Stamford workshops in 1993. He then qualified by examination as a professional Member of the British Horological Institute. In 2015 Robert was made an Emeritus Fellow of the institute for his research work on watchmaking.

Robert has been a consultant to the BBC since 1997 and has appeared on numerous radio BBC and independent television programmes, most recently as the “host” of the Institute for a BBC visit.

He is a member of the British Watch and Clockmakers’ Guild: the professional organisation for those employed in horology. If watches or clocks are the main source of your income, you should join. The fees are small and the work the Guild does invaluable.

Robert has sevred on the councils of both the British Watch and Clockmakers’ Guild and the British Horological Institute.

Robert is also a Fellow of the RSA, properly known as The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Maria Jameel BAhons is head of workshops. With a degree in business management and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the world of watches ancient and modern, she manages to organise the watch repairers and to deal (sometimes brutally) with our suppliers. Maria has been with us since 2007.

Michelle Brown, BA MSc we poached from university research where she was working on advanced Jewellery manufacture. Here she works on machining any obscure tools or components we use.

John Nicholls studied graphic design at Stamford and then Lincoln. John worked as a freelance dial restorer for us for seven years before coming to work here permanently in 2001. We’re pleased to have him working on the premises. He is now head of our dial restoration studio, a position made possible through his knowledge of period detail, draughtsmanship and skilled artistry. John is also a skilled enameller and creates our enamel watch dials.

Wayne Brereton had a traditional draughtsman’s apprenticeship with a graphic design firm in Birmingham. He is one of the last great draughtsmen (and ex member of the Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers and Engravers – the “SLADE”). He can paint letering and signatures in any style, standing on his head. He left the art and design world as it became increasingly computerised and accepted a job with us in 2003.

Craig Law is a master watchmaker who made the move from Scotland down to Stamford last year. Craig undertook a very traditional five year apprenticeship in watchmaking in Glasgow and since then has worked in a couple of big watch houses before coming here. Craig has no fear of even the most complex watches – only this week he has undertaken everything from tri-compax movements to making up parts for an eighteenth century verge watch escapement.

James Morris is our newest clock repairer. James served a traditional apprenticeship in engineering before deciding to specialise in clock restoration. He is studying for his BHI examinations while he works.

Andrew Pawlowski, is a qualified master watchmaker Andrew hails from Poland, the land of Patek Phillipe. He completed his apprenticeship in 1987 in Olsztynic, the home town of Copernicus. Apart from twenty years’ experience as a watch repairer Andrew also had a brief stint in the watch manufacture business. He brings a wealth of experience and is the ultimate problem solver.

Tommy Wilkinson first walked though our doors at the age of fifteen on work experience. He was exemplary and he stayed on as a very part time member of staff (Saturdays and holidays) based in the watch workshop. Last October Tommy started full time at Birmingham where he is reading for a degree in Horology.

British Horological Institute awards Brian Loomes

Honorary Fellowship of the Institute may be awarded either for services to the Institute or for services to horology. It is for his services to horology in the form of historical and genealogist, and in 1966 became an antique clock dealer. He and his wife Joy have been trading in antique clocks for 40 years, specialising in English lantern clocks with a few longcase, hooded and hook and spike clocks.
He has written twenty-four on horological topics, with a 25th, on lantern clocks and comprising 28 chapters and around 1000 illustrations, currently in preparations and expected to be published this summer. His genealogical skills have enabled him to uncover previously unknown facts about clockmakers and their families.
In 1976 he published a valuable supplement to G.H.Baillie’s Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, adding some 35000 entries.A second edition appeared in 1989,followed by several reprints. This work culminated in the publication in 2006 of a combined 21st Century edition of Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, an invaluable reference work, containing information about some 90000 makers working between the late 16th and 20th centuries.
Brian said “I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour.It came as a very great surprise as I am not a working clockmaker. My interest has always been in uncovering new facts about the lives and practices of clocmaker. My interest has always been in uncovering new facts about the lives and practices of clockmakers and in documenting them, quite often in the form of articles in the pages of Horological Journal. I would like to thank those who took this decision.”

Taken from the Horological Journal, May 2008

Horological Journal