Rebecca Struthers – watchmaker

6th February 2022  |  ALUMNI | AWARD WINNERS

Rebecca Struthers – watchmaker

Winner of the 2021 Heritage Crafts President’s Award for Endangered Crafts

Rebecca StruthersBirmingham-based watchmaker Rebecca Struthers has won the second annual President’s Award for Endangered Crafts in this year’s Heritage Crafts Awards. The prestigious award, and £3,000 bursary, was initiated by Heritage Crafts President HRH The Prince of Wales.

Rebecca is Director and watchmaker of a traditional watchmaking workshop and studio in Birmingham alongside husband and fellow master watchmaker Craig. They use traditional methods, materials and techniques in the restoration of vintage and antique watches as well as the production of her own timepieces. She is the first, and currently only, watchmaker in the UK to earn a PhD in horology.

She is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute and Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the Museum of Timekeeping in Newark, and a Jury Member of the Academy, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. She has received over a dozen awards over the years for her craft, design, entrepreneurship and research, and her work has appeared in a range of media including the BBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She is currently writing a non-fiction book for Hodder & Stoughton on the history of time, told through watches, and the way in which they have influenced societies and cultures around the world.

Photo: Rebecca Struthers being presented with her finalist medallion by Heritage Crafts Vice-President Baroness Garden of Frognal.