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Birmingham Jewellery Quarter’s historic Chamberlain Clock chimes again for first time in decades

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The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter has seen the reinstatement of its historic Chamberlain Clock after it was taken down for repair last summer.

It was removed in August 2020 for repair by specialist Midlands clockmakers Smith of Derby after needing repair for around 30 years.

The clock has now been restored “to its former glory”, said Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) executive director, Luke Crane.

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Over the weekend it was put back in its rightful place at the roundabout junction of Warstone Lane and Vyse Street in the Jewellery Quarter.

There is also a newly-installed information panel near the Rose Villa Tavern, which explores the history of the clock and its namesake, Joseph Chamberlain.

JQDT’s Luke Crane said: “The Chamberlain Clock is a historic part of our city and we’re honoured to be able to deliver on its restoration to its former glory.

“The addition of a new historic interpretation panel is also a crucial part of this project to ensure we’re telling balanced stories about the impact of our city’s historical figures.”

Meanwhile, Anne Jenkins, National Lottery Heritage Fund, director, England Midlands and East, said: “The reinstalment of the Chamberlain Clock is a positive step in the ongoing regeneration of the Jewellery Quarter.

“This project has given local young people the opportunity to not only learn about heritage, but to become truly involved in it.

“Giving people a chance to have a closer understanding and relationship to heritage is something we are proud to fund.”

Read more about the work that went into restoring the clock, as well as the funds that were raised, below:

Historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter clock to be removed for £150k restoration work

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