There are many old sundials in urgent need of restoration, particularly on churches. I can advise on preservation or restoration, undertake repairs or make replicas.
I can provide condition reports, proposals for repairs and quotations for submission to planning authorities and architects. I try to research and write up the history of any sundial I restore. After each restoration a written record of the repairs and ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs are provided.
Before the invention of reliable clock mechanisms people used sundials to tell the time. In the absence of a universal time signal, clocks still had to be regulated by using a sundial up until the arrival of the electric telegraph in the mid 19th century.