• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

First Steps in Horology

This will be my personal space to talk about what I am doing for projects and to satisfy my need to be doing something that seems worthwhile.

I will format this page for easier viewing as it develops. At the moment, I just want to create a page in the Personal Blogs to show the difference between a page and a comment on a page.

I started collecting clocks in 1967 when I was studying at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. I had come to Brock on a fellowship from the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy Association and was studying the properties of muscle tissue under Dr. Barry Millman, who was the Chairman of the Biology Department at that time.

.When we moved to St. Catherines from Los Angeles, we rented a house near the school and proceeded to set up our transition life from student to professor. We had two small children 3 years old and 3 months old and were adjusting to living in a "very large" house with a full basement and 3 bedrooms

We noticed that our living room had a stark look to it because there was a large blank space between the fireplace and the door to the kitchen. My wife Jane and I had done a little exploring with landscape painting and we were not very good at it and we were debating whether to get a painting to hang on the bare spot or something else.

Our next door neighbor was a very good amateur painter and wall clocks, mostly Vienna Regulators (Bavarian actually) seemed very popular in the area. After attending a number of house auctions and noting the prices of the clocks, I finally bought a Vienna Regulator that "needed some work" and that $75 started out adventure in horology that has lasted until now.

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