John C Taylor

My World

I’ve always had a close affinity with the Isle of Man. My grandfather was holidaying here over 125 years ago and during the Great War my grandmother sent my father and uncle to the Isle of Man. She said it was for their own safety but I think she just wanted to get rid of them!

Although I was born in Buxton, I ended up going to school on the island at King William’s College, so the location played a big role when I was growing up. Eventually I ended up bringing my children here, because it’s a safe place. I always had a great sense of freedom whenever I was in the Isle of Man and I wanted them to have the same experience.

There’s a lot of history here. You can go almost anywhere and see Neolithic geology or ancient Celtic burial sites. It’s absolutely fascinating.

The Isle of Man is where I house part of my extensive early English clock collection at the home I’ve built from scratch, Arragon Mooar.

As clocks are man’s greatest invention, I love to share my passion for horology with the public, so my clocks and watches are often on loan to exhibitions.

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

Latest News

The Luxury of Time: Exhibition Extended at the Manx Museum

Manx National Heritage confirms that it has extended ‘The Luxury of Time’, an exhibition at the Manx Museum featuring some of history’s most significant British timepieces. The Luxury of Time features 30 different outstandingly beautiful timepieces from Dr Taylor’s private collection. The exhibition, which showcases the golden age of clock and watch making, is the largest exhibition of clocks and timepieces ever staged on the Isle of Man and the first dedicated to horology at the Manx Museum. The exhibition is on display at the Manx Museum until Sunday 27 September 2020.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  … read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt