Reed Needles, the collector and artisan behind the “Travels In Time” exhibit, has been fascinated by clocks and watches since his childhood. His first instructor was Mr. Wolfson, of Wolfson and Powell watchmakers in Toronto, where Reed spent many happy Saturday afternoons dismantled old alarm clocks, dollar watches, and eventually a family heirloom (a Waltham Riverside pocket watch) which emerged (after much assistance from Mr. W) in working order.

Fifty years, various travel and training opportunities, and hundreds of timepieces later, Reed is now to be found in his own shop, surrounded by all manner of vintage clocks and clockmaking tools, gathered from many sources. “Each clock presents a new challenge, and a new learning opportunity. In the miniature geared world of a clock, there’s much to be found. Even broken clocks tell a story. Each timepiece I work on teaches me new respect for the talent and patience that went into the design and building of a fine clock – and the astonishing artistry of the craftsman who made it. Despite all the highly technical innovations of the 21st century, I can still marvel at their skill.

After several decades of teaching art, English, drama and classical history, Reed has now embarked on a retirement dream – running his own business in this beautiful historic building, and striving to preserve the traditions of a dying craft.