The clock and watch making industry is one of Coventry’s best-kept secrets which is why the Museum was set up to preserve and promote the Coventry clock and watch making heritage.
The Coventry Watch Museum Project became a Company Limited by guarantee on 31st March 1995. The next year the company was granted charity status by the charity commission.
It's key aim is to educate the public in the history and development of the clock and watch making industry of Coventry.
In Coventry’s clock and watch making hay day (1660’s-1960’s), it was one of the three centres for manufacturing of clocks and watches in England. As the industry declined, the Coventry watch makers and their descendants were able to adapt and use their skills to meet the needs of the follow on industries which Coventry is more famously know for.
The site in Medieval Spon Street was purchased in 2002 and it is the remaining part of a Coventry “court” - and is probably the last example of what was a common dwelling in the 18th and 19th century Coventry. During World War Two it was damaged in November 1940 by a bombing of Coventry by a shock wave and still has a large crack in the end gable wall of the row of three cottages.
In 2010 it opened as the Coventry Watch Museum, where visitors can see the living condition of a Coventry “court”, as well as the tools used and Coventry made clocks and watches. It is a voluntary run museum and is open to the public on Tuesday and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. In addition, special arrangements can be made for organised groups and school parties.