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Changes to the Emett water clock are coming......

Intu (Vic Centre owners) understand the importance of the clock to the people of Nottingham and its visitors. The plan is to take it away (in a few weeks time) for restoration by volunteers from the Rowland Emett Society. It will then become a temporary exhibit in a Birmingham venue, to coincide with exhibition of other Emett works in Birmingham. This will allow Intu time to refurbish the Vic Centre, without risk to the clock. All being well, it will come home in a better state than it left and with a more impressive presence.

There should be other "lines of communication" but I'll try to post here when anything significant happens. If anyone is getting round to taking photos or video for posterity, best do it now!

The Engineer

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Yet another update! We've put some serious hours in this week, building the clock in Birmingham (Millennium Point - access is free if you are anywhere near but read on to understand what you might

Another busy day but the end is in sight now. In fact I've left it running as a 'soak test' (albeit still a dry installation - they are planning to fill the pool tomorrow). I've overcome a few minor

Nope, not TT. On the matter of drinking, each day I've worked within that enclosure has been physically exhausting because of the heat and humidity - somewhere between a greenhouse and a sauna. Have

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The exhibition in Birmingham is temporarily bringing together several works by Emett. I have no reason to suspect that 'our' clock won't be back next year.

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Breaking news...........

The basin was emptied today so that we could look around and size up the job. It's not known whether the legs are concreted in so a part of the slab-work will need to be broken up to find out. The dismantling of the clock will commence on Monday 10-February so we decided that isn't worth filling the basin with water again. A solid barrier will be erected around the clock soon and used to display information about plans for the area.

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Thanks for the update. It will be great to have the clock back to it's original operating glory! Nottingham should be proud to have it!

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The basin was emptied today so that we could look around and size up the job. It's not known whether the legs are concreted in so a part of the slab-work will need to be broken up to find out. The dismantling of the clock will commence on Monday 10-February .......... A solid barrier will be erected around the clock soon

That will cause a few problems. When I walked past the thing a couple of days ago, the seating around the edge was fully occupied by at least 30+ people, all apparently at least over the age of 70.

There's going to be a lot of aimless oldies wandering around Nottingham now.

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What happened to all the money in the bottom. I hope the Council don't commandeer it.

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Apparently in 2010 the Vic centres bosses donated £7000 to Guide dogs For the Blind Charity from the money thrown into the pool around the clock.

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'Ere, #61, what's all this about aimless oldies??? I'll have you know I know exactly where I'm going and just because the years have------ ! Sorry! Forgot what I was going to say now. noblue

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Not long back there was a letter in the Post suggesting that if the Vic Centre didn't want the clock, then a space for it should be found in the entrance hall of the newly revamped Midland Station. A bit late now for that I suppose, but it would have been a great welcome/goodbye sight to travellers, or a bit of entertainment for those sitting around having a cuppa.

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Just to clarify, the management DO want to keep the clock - it will be coming back. They understand its importance and historical links to the shopping centre and to the City.

In regard of the money thrown into the basin, it is periodically collected and has been donated to various charities over the years. There has been an estimated £250,000 pitched in over the last forty years! None of this money goes towards upkeep, maintenance, renovation, etc. of the clock, nor does it go to the Council.

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Update:

I have recently seen some photographs from the private collection of Rowland Emett's family and it is obvious that quite a few frame tubes and other bits have been removed at some point. The mechanical arrangement supporting the main water wheel is also not as per original. Some of you may also remember that there was a ring of water spouts around the base of the middle feature - one photograph shows the spouts and associated pipework. I'll enquire about permission to publish the photographs.

When we take the clock away in February, we will assess the potential to restore it as much as possible to its original configuration.

I'll be going to measure up what I can tomorrow or Saturday, as I would like to create a 3D drawing.

Engineer.

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I may have caught our engineer in action....either that or someone else has been playing with his toys.

Note the person who appears to be considering a suicide jump - even though there's no water in the fountain.

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And here he's standing in the "water" checking his notes.

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Have visited again this morning to get some more dimensions. Don't think I got papped this time!

There is no enclosure up yet but we are still scheduled to start dismantling on Monday after the shops close.

BTW, I hear the elephants will be removed today.

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