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.

Matthew is an Icon accredited conservator. He is a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society Council and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

In 2008, Matthew Read, and the only Institute of Conservation (ICON) Accredited Conservator in the UK, and Karen Barker, Objects Conservator at the Bowes Museum worked on the conservation of the Silver Swan and made headlines around the world.

In 2017, The Silver Swan is on show for six weeks until 26th March 2017 at the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum. It will go back on show at The Bowes Museum in time for Easter and the commencement of the Museum's 125th anniversary celebrations which begin in June.

Research interests:

  • Pendules de Paris (mass manufacture of pendulum clocks in France 1850-1900)
  • Automata

Matthew is active in the College's Conservation Research Group.

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