April 2011 - December 2011
The principles that drove your grandmother’s clock had many other applications. Clockworks are mechanisms powered by a coiled spring and regulated by some form of escapement; the power is transmitted through toothed gear wheels and used for centuries to drive a variety of things, including complicated clocks, toys, music boxes, and automatons. Through the presentation of fanciful and fun toys to the clockwork bomb fuse, visitors gained a greater appreciation of the pervasiveness of clockwork mechanisms in society. This exhibit demonstrated the many uses, both practical and whimsical, for the clockwork mechanism.