About Robert Wren M.B.H.I
My life time passion for horology started in 1975, working after school in my Uncle's workshop, in the Old Town of Hastings. Two years later, I embarked on a five year apprenticeship with Arthur Wren & Sons.
Self-employment soon followed and in 1985 I opened my own shop restoring and selling clocks and watches.
In 1995 I decided to improve my knowledge in early horology and studied for two years at West Dean College under Roger Still and Frank Smith. Upon graduating I worked for Derek Roberts Antiques, later becoming Manager.
During this period I also worked part time for other institutions, including Christie’s, Bonhams, the British Museum, working on pre-balance spring watches and West Dean College as Assistant Tutor on the Conservation & Restoration of Antique Clocks programme.
In 2012 I returned to self-employment, working and dealing in fine antique clocks, assisting clients with their collections and as a consultant at Christie’s, Kings Street, London.
I am a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society, the British Horological institute and the British Watch & Clock Makers Guild and regularly attend their lectures and events. Recently I have been fortunate to have been part of a team who dismantled, logged, packed and moved the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers collection from the Guildhall Museum to its new location in the Science Museum, London. Robert Wren M.B.H.I.