Sensing Time: The Art and Science of Clocks and Watches

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June 17, 2016 to June 18, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Languages

Time is of the essence. This truth is visible, tangible and audible in the masterpieces of horology on display at the Science Museum and the V&A. In both collections the same type of material is collected for different reasons: at the V & A art and design are key, while on the other side of London's Exhibition Road, science and technology take priority.  Our weekend of interdisciplinary events will bring together expertise from curators, makers and conservators to explore making and keeping time, both literally and figuratively.


Friday, 17 June 2016
14:30 - 17:45
Pre-Lecture Gallery tours at the Science Museum and V&A.
18:15 – 19:30pm
Evening Lecture: Tiffany Stern’s evening lecture Time for Shakespeare at the Science Museum. 
Professor Stern will explore how ‘chronographia', the rhetorical art of describing time, shaped Shakespeare's writing and ask what, literally and figuratively, was time for Shakespeare?
Please book here.
Saturday, 18 June 2016
10:00 – 17:00
Study Day The Sense of Time at the V&A (full programme attached)
Please book here.
19:00 - 21:00
Evening Concert: Music for Mechanical Clocks at the Foundling Museum. 
Experience the sounds of time with musicians, Florilegium, as they play a programme of music made for mechanical clocks.  Please book here.



Contact Info: 

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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