Tim Hughes

Subject Tutor, Clocks (and Related 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.

Describe your approach to teaching:
I believe it's important that students develop problem-solving skills in a supportive, encouraging environment. Asking questions helps them discover processes of elimination and enables them to reach logical, conservation-focused conclusions.

What inspires your own work?
My inspirations are the skills of generations of craftspeople and the challenge of sympathetically restoring spirit and function to objects they left behind. Passing on those skills is a privilege.

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