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What makes a clock tick at the Bowes Museum 27-28 March

Come and find out more about what makes a clock tick by watching horologist Matthew Read work on one of The Bowes Museum’s longcase clocks.

photo courtesy Bowes Museum The mahogany cased, neo-classical style clock dating from the 1780s was made by Harrison’s of Newcastle and has been on view in the English Interiors Gallery.

It is about to undergo conservation in the Blue Picture Gallery.

Clock specialist Matthew will be joined by the Conservation team and over two days they will carefully take it apart, assess its condition and repair it before assembling and oiling it to get it going again.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to watch the whole process and ask Matthew questions about both it and queries they may have about their own clocks.

Matthew Read, horologist, said: “A recent study into historic craft practices found that horology is on the endangered list with a declining number of people to pass skills onto the next generation.

“Hopefully by performing this conservation in the public space of the gallery it will not only put a beating heart back into the room but also entice more people to try out the trade or take an interest in the technology behind a clock.”

Matthew will also be giving a talk about clock conservation on 27 March at 11am, which is drop in session where people can find out more about clocks.

Time: 10am – 4pm

The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10am.

A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

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