Author Archives: Matthew Read - Council Member

Plastics in horology- AHS funded PCIP course

This post was written by Tabea Rude, student on the MA Conservation Studies programme at West Dean College.     In order to gain a wider understanding of the conservation of plastics, its history and its newest applications, the AHS recently … Continue reading

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A 68 minute weight – with verisimilitude!

Thie post was written by Jon Colombo, as a student at West Dean College   At West Dean College first year clock students make a hoop and spur wall clock, from scratch. As far as practicable we use techniques available … Continue reading

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Conservation and repair of a mystery clock

This post was written by Kenneth Cobb, a recent MA graduate of the Clocks course at West Dean College.     A dissembled glass and ormolu mystery clock was sent to West Dean from overseas to be reassembled. A simple … Continue reading

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A telescope by Henry Hindley

This post was written by Tim Hughes, student on the Clocks course at West Dean College.     The work of Henry Hindley of York was researched by Rodney Law and published in Antiquarian Horology (1971/2).  The article describes  two … Continue reading

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Job done!

         Public clocks that don’t work; there are thousands of them.  An irritation, sign of the neglectful and difficult times or simply a reflection of the lack of need for the dissemination of time in that format?  … Continue reading

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As one journey ends another begins

  It was with some sadness (weep!) that postgraduate and MA students Francoise Collanges and Brittany Cox recently fled, or rather graduated from the West Dean nest.   Over the summer period they completed their practical MA projects and accompanying 12,000 … Continue reading

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Friends reunited?

      Revisiting the Bowes Swan this week – the first time since it was completely disassembled in 2008 – was a personal and surprisingly profound experience.   There is a blogged account of the 2008 conservation project on the … Continue reading

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Making a 19th century battery

  This article was written by Francoise Collanges, student on the Clocks course at West Dean College.    My MA project involves making a copy of elements of a mid-19th century electro-mechanical clock in order to see what the process could … Continue reading

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Meet Radcliffe

This article was written by Brittany Cox, student on the Clocks course at West Dean College.    Meet Radcliffe: he has real feet, wings, beak, body – the makings of a living bird, but without the squishy inner bits. They … Continue reading

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West Dean do the Hipp-toggle

  At West Dean College, once in a while we take the opportunity to pack away the historic clocks, let our hair down and have some good clean horological fun making new stuff.  New making is very much part of … Continue reading

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