Putting some tick back into the Horstmann clock.

A unique clock designed and made in Bath by Gustav Horstmann is to be restored to full working order. Specialist clock restorers Clockworks of London have agreed to help the Museum of Bath at Work put some tick back into the tock. – that’s if £4,000 can be raised to do the job.

Three wall mounted clocks were made – each of a different design- by Gustav Horstmann in the 1860s to demonstrate his heat driven ‘Thermo-automotor’ invention which, among other things, could be used to automatically wind such a clock. The museum holds one of these clocks and the two others are in private hands.


The example at the Museum has been stopped for a while but now there is the opportunity to restore the clock, re-locate it in a more prominent position and more effectively explain its value and importance.

Gustav Horstmann was a well known inventor and clock and watchmaker in 19thcentury Bath and his sons established the Horstmann Gear company and the Horstman Car Company.

The Museum of Bath at Work.


The sum to restore and relocate the clock in the Museum is £4,000 and the Museum hopes many of its supporters may be prepared to help hope by making a donation  towards the costs.

The Museum is asking that if you can make a donation, however small, send a cheque, made out to
Friends of Museum of Bath at Work and send it to the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road BATH

They can also accept direct payments to our bank, the details are below:
Barclays Bank PLC
Southgate Bath Branch
Sort Code 20-05-06
Account Name: Friends of Museum of Bath at Work
Account Number: 00391107