Robert Loomes Staff and Vacancies


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

We are located in a beautiful building in a prime location with lovely colleagues. There is an interesting variety of work (predominantly repair of interesting antique clocks, mostly French and English).
Contact us for more information.


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 with 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 served 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.



Robert Loomes is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute (no. 16510) and the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild.

He writes the “Diary of a Clock Repairer” for Clocks Magazine.

Robert is also a  Liveryman of the Clockmakers Company and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


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