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Conservation of Clocks and Related Objects
We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry. There are multiple funding opportunities available, including a special Horology Bursary.
The programme offers you professional development in horological conservation. It 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
On the Graduate Diploma you typically have around 20-21 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Graduate Diploma: 63% of your time is spent in
scheduled teaching and learning activity.
Scheduled teaching and learning: 752 hours, Independent learning: 416 hours.
You will work in our specialist Clocks workshop with individual benches for each student. The workshop is equipped with a professional standard range of hand and power tools including lathes and drills and facilities for chemical treatments and cleaning. Students have access to the full range of metalworking and woodworking facilities in the adjacent departments. There are facilities for digital photography for the production of photographic records and documentation.
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.
Entry to the Graduate Diploma is through the FdA or an equivalent level of subject specific training or experience at least equal to the FdA or to a comparable second year of undergraduate study, along with an interest in horology and good manual dexterity and observational skills. The Graduate Diploma is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds.
International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. Applicants are interviewed and required to undertake practical and observational tests.
Included is mandatory study trip costs of £400, which typically includes tailored visits to collections/exhibitions of specific interest to the programme of study.
Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional, available on request.
Student Scholarships and Bursaries
Approximately 60% of students receive some form of funding. Find out more
Graduates of the programme usually transition to the MA Conservation Studies. Others pursue entry level positions 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.
Graduates have interned at Royal Observatory Greenwich and worked at The British Museum, The Clockworks (London) and Wienmuseum (Australia).
"The experience has exceeded expectations. The facilities are excellent, the tutors awesome, the scope limitless."
Jon Colombo, Diploma in Conservation of Clocks
Subject Leader, Clocks (and Related Objects)
Malcolm's extensive experience in private practice, as well as the heritage sector/museums, lies behind his in-depth understanding of the profession. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of traditional craft skills, theory and contextual history. He also has an interest in new and innovative ways of applying conservation to mechanical objects.
Tim Hughes MBHI, clock maker, trained at West Dean College and works as a clockmaker and scientific instrument restorer, and as external consultant at Bellmans Auctioneers. He has received several awards, including the Trustees' Prize while at West Dean college and a QEST Scholarship. He is a member of the British Horological institute (MBHI), Antiquarian Horological Society and the Scientific Instrument Society. He also works at J.E. Allnut's assisting apprentice and work experience students.
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.