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Dale Sardeson

Subject Tutor, Clocks (and Related Objects)

Dale Sardeson MBHI is a West Dean-trained horologist, with a passion for traditional craft and modern materials science. He works both as a clockmaker for private individuals, and as an external conservator for numerous institutions and National Trust properties across London and the Southwest.

Describe your approach to teaching.

The key thing for me is that people are able to understand the concepts and reasoning that underpins the processes they are taught. This means they are then able to apply the same reasoning to solve new problems when they are out of the class environment.

What inspires your own work?

More than anything else, I am interested in stories. Piecing together the narrative of a clock’s life, based on the evidence at hand, provides me with a deep sense of connection to history. My repair and conservation work is always sympathetic to the object, aiming to preserve its historic narrative and material authenticity.

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