It’s About Time

27 January – 3 May 2010

“We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work – and then we retire. And what to they give us? A … clock!” (Dave Allen, Comedian).

‘It’s About Time’ explored how we came to be so dependent on time to organise our lives by charting the history of timekeeping from the days of early man to the present. On display were pocket watches from makers such as Richard Fennel, Joseph Windmills, William Ilbury and Roger Dunster, alongside objects from the museum’s social history and archaeology collections. The museum also had on loan a selection of grandfather clocks from Dr David Firth’s amazing collection.

Winding a long case clock
Hickory dickory dock... Display of long case clocks Objects in time Pocket watch