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11 Willard Street
North Grafton MA 01536

5088393500

The Willard House & Clock Museum is a historic place with festive roots, right in the heart of Massachusetts. Come visit us for a guided tour of our museum.

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The Robinson Lecture 2018
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

The Robinson Lecture 2018

The Journey of a Genius:  John Harrison then and now

William J.H. Andrewes

Since the publication of Dava’s Sobel’s best-selling book “Longitude” and the documentary and feature film that followed in its wake, John Harrison has become as well-known as Isaac Newton and other great geniuses of their day. Like them, he is now honored with a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey. Fifty years ago, however, his contributions to horology were little understood. Although Harrison was credited with the invention of the first successful marine timekeeper, the accepted history at that time made minimal connection between his prize-winning watch (H4) and the modern marine chronometer. As a result, he was considered by most horologists as “a glorious dead end”. William Andrewes’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of John Harrison began in 1966. In this talk, he tells the story of how John Harrison rose from relative obscurity following his death to his rightful place in history.

Free with museum admission.

 

William Andrewes is a museum consultant and maker of precision sundials. Born and educated in England, he trained as a clockmaker, working under the guidance of George Daniels, Martin Burgess and others, and as a designer, graduating from Kingston College of Art in 1972. Since then, he has specialized in time measurement, working at Eton College, the Old Royal Observatory, The Time Museum, and Harvard University. He organized the Longitude Symposium, edited The Quest for Longitude, and was co-author with Dava Sobel of The Illustrated Longitude. For his contributions to horology, he was awarded the Harrison Medal in 2007.

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Paul Revere: Master Silversmith
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Paul Revere: Master Silversmith

An illustrated lecture by Dr. James A Welu,

Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum

Best known as a patriot during the American Revolution, Paul Revere was a man of many talents.  Silversmith, engraver, and early industrialist, Revere ranks among the most entrepreneurial of early Americans.  He also provided metals and labels for Willard clocks.  This lecture focuses on Paul Revere’s career as a silversmith, including his most important commission, the Paine Silver Service, one of the Worcester Art Museum’s greatest treasures.

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What You Always Wanted to Know About Auctions
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

What You Always Wanted to Know About Auctions

Is an auction the best method of disposing of your antiques? What do you need to know about the auctioneer and the auction house ?  Should I just sell it all to an antiques dealer? Robert C. Cheney has been Director of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments at Skinner Auctioneers holding two sales yearly with an international audience bidding live, online and on the phone. He is a licensed auctioneer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

FREE with Museum Admission

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What’s it Worth?  Why You May Need a Formal Appraisal of your Antique Clocks and Watches
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

What’s it Worth? Why You May Need a Formal Appraisal of your Antique Clocks and Watches

Robert C. Cheney will appraise any type of antique clocks and watches (not just Willard Clocks) that are easy to transport. If the clock is too big to transport, multi view photographs will work (bonnet, face, case - including feet and shots of the interior weights if possible.) Please no modern clocks or poor photographs of watches.

FREE with Museum Admission

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