The Ethnography Museum of Brasov organised an innovative temporary exhibition called ‘Traditional Clocks, Timekeeping Instruments’. The exhibition was meant as a short introduction in the world of horology, starting with a description of the oldest timekeeping devices, and concluding with the ‘traditional clocks’ – wall clocks with painted dials, made of wood, glass or metal.
• The museum collections
Between April and June of 2019, visitors will be able to see the traditional clocks collection of the Ethnography Museum of Brasov, as well as wall clocks from private collections of Brasov residents Florin Filipescu and Marius-Dan Bența, and specific tools belonging to Mrs. Georgeta Anton, clockmaker.
• 20 clocks
‘We thought that we could show the public our collection consisting of 20 traditional clocks. They first appeared in the rural area in the 19th century, by import. These items became an inherent piece of Romanian interior design, as they featured floral ornaments. For the cultured people of Transylvania, apart from being used as timekeeping devices, these clocks were seen as decorations’, declared Mrs. Ligia Fulga, PhD, Manager of the Ethnography Museum of Brasov.
• Children, curious about clocks
This exhibition will also include presentations for children, where they will find out more about these clocks: how they work, how the hands move, the role of the weights and the purpose of the ornaments. This is new information for the young generation, who come in contact for the first time with traditional clocks, such as the pendulum or the cuckoo clock.