NOV 00] SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST NEWS
Millennium Clock To Share Home With Bard
unique clock that can run without winding or batteries is to tick
for the next thousand years in Stratford.
Millennium Clock will be on show at the Shakespeare Birthplace
Trust after a jeweller in the town came up with the idea.
ROGER PRINGLE AND THE ATMOS CLOCK
Pragnell, of George Pragnell Ltd, teamed up with Swiss clock and
watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre to make the clock.
will go on display at the trustís visitor centre in Henley
Street from 6 January next year.
clock is the only one of its kind in the world to be run by
temperature variation, enabling it to run until the year 3000
without manual winding or the need for batteries.
change of only one degree in air temperature is needed to drive
the clock for two days. It will display the minutes, hours,
months, years and moon phases of the next millennium.
has an air-tight capsule containing a mixture of gas and liquid
which expands when the temperature rises and contracts when it
connected to the clock's mainspring, a concertina-like box within
the capsule stretches or shrinks, constantly winding the movement.
requires around 100 times less energy than an ordinary wristwatch,
while its movement functions 300 times more slowly.
would take 6 million movements of the clock to light one 60 watt
one-off edition of the Atmos clock, created by Jaeger-LeCoultre at
the company's Swiss headquarters, will be decorated with
Shakespearean quotations and mounted in a showcase featuring the
work of Buckinghamshire-based artist Ben Rubbra.
Pringle, the director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said:
are delighted to be presented with this remarkable clock. It
will interest the many thousands of visitors from all over the
world who come to see Shakespeare's Birthplace, and its
Shakespearian-related design will be a continual reminder of the
dramatist's preoccupation with the passing of time."
Pragnell, who now runs family-owned George Pragnell Ltd, based in
Wood Street, Stratford, said:
Shakespeare is widely accepted as The Man of the Millennium, so
I had the idea of commissioning a Shakespeare-themed edition to
be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to Stratford.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the ideal setting for this
Atmos clock has generated a great deal of interest from our
customers since it went on sale at the beginning of this year.
is fascinating to see a clock which measures time not on a human
lifetime scale and to realise that most people will probably not
even be around to witness the hand touch the marker for the year
2100 let alone 3000."
time capsule containing Shakespeare related items is to be buried
as part of the project when it is launched on Twelfth Night.