Hi, I’m Caroline, one of Standen’s part-time Conservation Assistants, helping with the daily, weekly and annual conservation tasks within the house.
One of the first jobs I was introduced to was checking, winding and resetting the clocks. It’s one of the many routine weekly jobs which do not take too long, but you need to be mindful when handling each clock, especially looking for any changes which may affect the workings of each one.
We do this every Tuesday morning so we can keep an accurate record of how each clock is performing. We note the minutes each clock is ahead or behind and
how many turns of the key the springs or weights need to keep the clock running. Any problems are reported to our Clock conservator, who comes to visit annually.
As you can imagine, each clock has it’s own personality and it does not take long to know which clocks run slow and those that keep perfect time! If I could take one home, it would be the Benjamin Bulline Table Clock (circa 1770) located in the stairwell. It’s an oriental design with beautiful ornamentation.
Another clock I’m really fond of is the J. W. Benson clock which sits proudly above the fireplace in the Morning Room, due to its chimes. This clock always runs ahead of time so we need to reset the time by winding the hands forward, hence we get to hear its delightful charm!
Whats your favorite clock in the House?
Caroline, Conservation Assistant