Tick Tock – Care for Your Clock

Do you have historic clocks in your collection? Have you wondered… How do I move a clock without damaging it? What is the safe was to display a clock? How should I clean my clock case, dial, and movement? Can I just turn the hands on a clock in any direction to set the time? Our clock won’t wind, what should be done? Why won’t my clock tick-tock? Why won’t my clock chime? Will humidity damage my clock? Is it better to stop or to keep running our clocks?

Clocks come in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and designs. This webinar will provide information for the care of clocks in small museum collections. We will talk about types of clocks and the materials they’re made of. We’ll provide you with information concerning environmental conditions for the care for your clocks. We’ll discuss assessing the general condition of a clock and considerations for deciding whether to run or not to run a clock. We’ll provide information regarding cleaning clocks, winding and setting the time, and safely displaying and moving clocks. At the end, you will know the Do’s and Don’ts of working with clocks and when to call a clock professional.


Catherine and Gregory Gorton recently completed a year of conservation studies at West Dean College in England (2017). Cathy completed the Graduate Program in Conservation of Furniture and Greg completed the Graduate Program in Conservation of Clocks and related objects. They have a private practice workshop, Gorton Clocks, in Greensboro, NC, specializing in antique clocks. Cathy is a member of the American Institute for Conservation. They are both members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). They have an active network of clock experts affiliated with the National Watch and Clock Museum, The American Watch and Clock Museum, and The Willard House and Clock Museum, as well as others involved in repair, restoration, history and education.

Recorded: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Duration: 1 Hour 05 Minutes


Tick Tock Care for your Clock Powerpoint Slides
Record of Monitoring And Plan of Care: Clocks
Clock Assessment Form
Tick Tock – Care for Your Clock Handout

*Please note: As of June 2020 the recording of the webinar and the slide presentation were unfortunately un-linked in the system. Users will want to download the powerpoint slides for this presentation before accessing the recording of the webinar. C2C Care is currently working on re-syncing the slides with the presentation.