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Polly Course - Day 6

Society General Meeting

Talk: Conserving George Pyke’s 1765 Organ Clock (Rearranged from March)

By Malcolm Archer

Malcolm is a self-employed clockmaker based in West Dean. He is also Associate Tutor on the Clocks programme at West Dean College, providing tutoring and specialised training in small work such as carriage clocks. In 2014 he led a major collaboration between Leeds Temple Newsam House and West Dean College to conserve and restore George Pyke’s 1765 Organ Clock. The Pyke clock has a near eight-foot-high ebonised case containing the clock movement, an automaton dial and a barrel organ with wood and metal pipes. It plays music from a large rotating barrel with several thousand individual pins and bridges, each activating a note. Malcolm’s talk will describe the project, which involved craftsmen from almost every department of the College

Council Meeting

Rummage/Disposal sale

Viewing from 11:00.  Auction begins at 14;00.

Digital Workshop Group

SMEE at Midlands MEX

Polly course - day 5

Milling Course

Society General Meeting

Talk: Hallmarking: A Unique Blend of the Ancient and Modern

By Dr Robert Organ

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is responsible for the hallmarking of precious metal articles of jewellery and silverware. It also has a responsibility for testing the coins of the realm as part of the Trial of the Pyx.  Dr Organ has been the Deputy Warden since 2006.  He read Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge University where he also completed a PhD. He also holds an MBA from Reading University, is a Member of the Institute of Metal Finishing and a Fellow and Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  Hallmarking started in the United Kingdom 700 years ago.  Some of the techniques used today for hallmarking date back to the period when hallmarking started; others  use leading edge technologies.  The lecture will provide a fascinating insight into the  development of hallmarks and the hallmarking process.

Council Meeting