19th century watchmaking by 21st century watchmakers
Craig and Dr Rebecca Struthers, watchmaker and antiquarian horologist, respectively, delivered the sixth George Daniels Lecture on November 28th.
In Back to the future: 19th century watchmaking by 21st century watchmakers, Dr Struthers’ lecture demonstrated the research, design, invention and horological craft involved in producing their pendant watch Stella, which won a Lonmin Design Innovation Award in 2013, in the ‘Emerging Designer’ category.
She also explored the fascinating history surrounding ‘Dutch Forgery’ watches.
First horology PhD
Craig was on hand during the Q&A session to field questions from an appreciative audience.
In 2017, Dr Struthers became the first watchmaker in British history to earn a PhD in horology, examining fakes, forgeries and the emergence of mass production in the European watch industry during the eighteenth century.
Between them, the Struthers’ are qualified in watchmaking, jewellery, silversmithing, illustration, gemmology and design history.
George Daniels CBE, DSc, FBHI, FSA (19th August 1926 to 21st October 2011) created the co-axial escapement, one of the most significant developments in watchmaking for the last 250 years and which has since been licensed to Omega.
He studied horology at City’s predecessor, the Northampton Institute.
Since his death, the George Daniels Educational Trust has administered the substantial funds he bequeathed to provide scholarships for City’s students and to benefit from research in measurement and instrumentation at the University. Currently, George Daniels' major financial endowment supports the following within the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering: the George Daniels Chair in Scientific Instrumentation; the George Daniels Lecturer in Scientific Instrumentation; fifteen Undergraduate Scholars studying for degrees in Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; and three PhD studentships.
Royal Academy of Engineering-George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation, Professor Ken Grattan said:
Now in its sixth year, the annual George Daniels Lecture is part of City's tribute to the truly inestimable legacy of one of the world’s finest watchmakers. George Daniels maintained an indissoluble bond with the university - from the time he studied here as a horology student in the institution’s previous incarnation as the Northampton Institute, until his passing in 2011. We are grateful this year, to Craig and Rebecca Struthers for providing such penetrating insights into the horological history informing their work.
For more information about Craig and Rebecca Struthers, please visit their website.