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Conservation of Clocks and Related Objects
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Duration: 2 academic years (each 36 weeks) full time
Equip yourself for a career in clock-making and working with dynamic objects by acquiring the practical and technical skills, the theory, principles and techniques used in historic horological manufacture. The programme begins with practical exercises to help you establish hand and machine tool skills relating to historic craft practices in clock-making. You will make your own clock before working on a range of historic clocks; this bench-based activity is integrated with theory and professional practice. Learn how to combine and use this knowledge when making treatment decisions as a professional practitioner.
You can expect
Graduates go on to work as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.
"For me one of the best things about studying at West Dean College is the inter-disciplinary nature of the place. The fact that as a 1st year student with relatively little experience I'm getting to work alongside MA students and learn from what they're doing. I can experience the things that they are experiencing and also the fact that I can augment my research by speaking to students from entirely different disciplines."
Dale, FdA Historic Craft Practices - Clocks
An interest in horology and good general education combined with a desire to attain the appropriate level of hand skills.
English language: CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.0 or above.
You will work in our specialist Clocks workshop with access to a well-equipped analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other craft practices specialisms makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment.
The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.
UK/EU Fee: £13,140 pa
(Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date).
Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through
bursary or scholarship funding.
In 16/17 almost 60% of students were in receipt of some support. Find out about funding here.
Programme Leader, Clocks and Related Objects
Matthew Read is a leading voice in the development of conservation within clocks and automaton. An experienced practitioner and accredited conservator in the field of Horology, he originally trained at West Dean College. He has worked at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich as a Conservator and Assistant Curator of Horology. This was followed by five years as a self-employed conservator working with clients from the Museums and Heritage sector including the National Trust.
A former West Dean College student, Malcolm previously worked at The British Museum and is a contract conservator at the Society of Antiquaries in London.
Geoff Allnutt - J E Allnutt & Son
Tobias Birch - Montpellier Clocks
If you are interested in applying for this course or would like further information please contact admissions either by enquiring online or calling the number below. To make your application you will need to download and fill out our application form.