Conservation of Clocks and Related Objects

Graduate Diploma Conservation of Clocks

The next Open Day will take place on Saturday 4 February 2017. Learn more


Duration: 1 academic years (36 weeks) full time

The programme provides a context for the analysis, assessment and treatment of historic objects. You will learn professional standards of conservation practice as you develop practical, theoretical and professional conservation skills. Work on exciting and challenging client projects.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills
  • To learn the principles and techniques of historical horological manufacture and repair
  • To work on historic objects

Learning environment

  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Workshop access 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Interdisciplinary environment
  • Teaches students to understand and apply Icon's Professional Standards in Conservation
  • Visits from specialists from the heritage and private sectors
  • Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies

Careers

Graduates go on to work as conservators for the heritage, public, corporate and private sectors, or as makers, repairers, restorers, teachers or advisors. There are many areas of specialism within the profession.

"The experience has exceeded expectations. The facilities are excellent, the tutors awesome, the scope limitless."

Jon Colombo, Diploma in Conservation of Clocks

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Degree or qualification at equivalent level to a second year of undergraduate study e.g. HND, DipHE and an interest in horology.


CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or ILETS 6.5 or above.

Facilities

You will work in our specialist Clocks workshop with access to an analytical laboratory. Collaboration with other conservation 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.

Fees

  • UK/EU Fee: £13,140
    • International: £13,140
      (Students have the option to pay fees in instalments by term, 2 weeks in advance of term start date.)

Funding available, find out about funding here.

Application deadline for 2017 entry: 1 March 2017.

Tutors

Matthew Read (MA ACR)

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.

Malcolm Archer

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.

Program advisors

  • David Rooney: The Science Museum
  • Geoff Allnutt: J E Allnut & Son
  • Tobias Birch: Montpellier Clocks

How to apply

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.

+44 (0)1243 818 291

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