The clock, made by W.F.Evans & Sons of Handsworth, was installed in 1903 as a memorial to Joseph Chamberlain MP. An icon of the Jewellery Quarter, the Grade II listed clock is a landmark at the crossroads of historic routes into the Quarter. A panel on the history of the clock can be found nearby in Golden Square.
In 2020 the clock was in poor condition, and it was removed for conservation, with funding from the Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage (JQTH) and the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID).
The cast iron clock tower was corroding in places, and there was damage to its plinth. Paintwork emphasising architectural details had worn away and the clock mechanism no longer worked. The clock was dismantled and taken to Smith of Derby’s workshop, along with the four cast iron directional bollards, for conservation and repair. It was reinstated in early 2021.
2 Visions 2 Legacies
This project investigates the history and significance of the Chamberlain Clock and the life of Joseph Chamberlain, as well as the life and legacy of Warrulan; an Aboriginal Australian who is buried in the Jewellery Quarter. We focus on telling balanced narratives and including the diverse voices of our fantastic city of Birmingham.
Restoring the Chamberlain Clock (Video)
by IDM Media
Further information and resources
View photos of the Chamberlain Clock, including recent restoration photos and historic images.Our Commitment
The JQDT will ensure that balanced, representative and accurate research is shared through new, permanent interpretation at the site of the Clock, our project website and other channels. Read more about our commitment here.History West Midlands
History West Midlands have several articles, films and other resources which explore Chamberlain 's life and politics.The Chamberlain Memorial Clock
Carl Chinn describes The Chamberlain Memorial Clock which stands in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.Chamberlain Highbury Trust
The Chamberlain Highbury Trust is an independent charitable trust established to give Highbury a fresh start and a sustainable future.University of Birmingham
The Life and Legacy of Joseph Chamberlain, by Dr Matt Cole, Department of History