Alistair Lewis

2021 QEST Apprentice - Horology

Alistair is a trainee clockmaker who is now studying under the tutelage and mentorship of Crispin Maciejewski. He has been awarded QEST funding to support a full three-year apprenticeship. His aim is to learn the traditional skills of a clockmaker, with a focus on the restoration and conservation of fine British antique clocks. 

In addition to the in-workshop training with Crispin, Alistair will also study the British Horological Institute’s 3-year distance learning course in Clock Making. Throughout his training, Alistair will continue to receive guidance and support from his BHI mentor, David Poole (FBHI). 

As a full time apprentice, Alistair will learn the traditional skills of a clockmaker which include metalwork with hand and machine tools as well as horological theory and history. 

I am inspired daily by the level of craftsmanship that went into these clocks centuries ago and feel privileged to learn the skills to look after them for another generation.