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Published on May 4, 2012
The clock features in Radio 4's series, Shakespeare's Restless World. Find out more about the objects and programmes here: http://bbc.in/Hf4t6c
The way we perceive and organise time is shaped to a large extent by our ability to measure it. Shakespeare's audience would have been familiar with clocks and telling the time: there are over 80 references to clocks in his plays, making it clear to us that 'Shakespearean' time was well on its way to being modern time.
This musical clock was made in Blackfriars, London in 1598 by Nicholas Vallin.