A career change has seen Tim return to the passion he was unable to pursue as a school leaver 30 years ago – the conservation and restoration of clocks and scientific instruments. While at West Dean College he has worked on conservation and restoration projects ranging from The Burton Constable Foundation’s Hindley Telescope, through to a complicated musical clock and a verge reconversion. During this time he has been particularly grateful for the support, assistance and trust he has received from his course tutors, Matthew Read and Malcolm Archer. His achievements have been recognised by a number of scholarships and prizes, most notably the QEST scholarship award. The QEST scholarship award enabled Tim to fund his subsistence, funding without which he would not have been able to complete his courses.
Tim is now based at the workshops of Geoff Allnutt, JE Allnutt & Son in Midhurst where he joined their specialist team of clock and watch restorers on completion of his West Dean Diploma, West Dean Professional Development Diploma and Graduation from the British Horological Institute in August 2013. He also works as a consultant to Bellman’s Auctioneers.
As for the future, Tim will continue to work at honing his skills in the workshop which allows him to see and work on an incredible variety of types of clocks. Consultation and valuation services to auction houses are also areas he is keen to expand on. In the longer term Tim would like to work with organisations such as museums and their collections to help play a part in preserving objects of historical importance for posterity.
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