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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, or as conservators. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.
"I recently decided to return to my roots in heritage. The West Dean Diploma in Conservation - Restoration of Clocks is a key step in that journey. The decision to come here was a carefully researched one. Its reputation is first class, the focus on applied bench skills complemented rather than repeated previous training.
The experience has exceeded expectations. The facilities are excellent, the tutors awesome, the scope limitless.
The first year teaches technique. We make a complete clock, to a high standard. My clock has been presented to expert horological audiences in the BHI and AHS. The second year is about the repair of historic clocks, they are chosen to suit our needs, but the variety and quality is superlative."
Jon Colombo, Diploma in Conservation of 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 conservation specialisms also 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).
Matthew Read MA ACR
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.