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It will be led by Trevor Waddington, a private horological conservator-restorer based in Wiltshire, and principal tutor Elliott Nixon, currently a conservator for the National Trust and former horological conservator at the British Museum.

The course will form a key part of the training for anyone hoping to gain the Institute of Conservation's Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (ACR) qualification.

"Although experienced in repair and restoration, many horologists may lack an understanding of the conservation approach to horology necessary for accreditation," say the college. "This course, approved by the Institute of Conservation (Icon), is designed to bridge that gap."

To find out more, visit www.westdean.org.uk