St Roche Lecture 2019

The Old Library, West Dean College

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Time in Isolation: Edo Period Japanese Horology in Cultural Context - Dale Sardeson, MA Conservation Studies

From West Dean to Wien Museum - Tabea Rude, Dynamic Objects Conservator, Wien Museum, Vienna

Dale Sardeson will complete his MA in Conservation Studies in September 2019 and his Masters research focuses on fingerprint corrosion of brass and the use of chelating agents for chemical cleaning. At the bench, recent conservation projects include a unique Falling Globe clock belonging to the Society of Antiquaries. His interest in Japanese horology was sparked during his first year of study when a colleague worked on a clock from this period. An initial 1500 word essay on Edo Period Japanese horology has spiralled into a personal interest that he is still pursuing two years later, always on the hunt for more reading material on the subject and also tentatively learning Japanese in order to facilitate future study.

Tabea Rude graduated from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation Studies in 2015, having completed her thesis on how to preserve the insulation materials used in early 20th Century master clocks. She spent 18 months working in London mainly on carriage clocks and in early 2017 was offered a job at the Wien Museum (Vienna City Museum) as a clock conservator. She now manages their permanent collection of approximately 700 clocks, watches and automata and the 5000 other horological object in storage. She is also part of the museum's public engagement team, organising and hosting visitor events.