Join us for an evening with award winning watchmaker, designer and historian Rebecca Struthers as she talks about her captivating new book Hands of Time, an intricate and personal history of watches, time and the craft of timekeeping.

Timepieces are one of humanity’s most ingenious innovations. Their invention was more significant for human culture than the printing press, or even the wheel. They have travelled the world with us, from the depths of the oceans to the summit of Everest, and even to the Moon. They regulate our daily lives and have sculpted the social and economic development of society in surprising and dramatic ways.

In Hands of Time watchmaker and historian Rebecca Struthers welcomes us into the hidden world of watchmaking, offering a personal history of watches that spans centuries and continents. From her workshop bench, Rebecca explores the ways in which timekeeping has indelibly shaped our attitudes to work, leisure, trade, politics, exploration and mortality, and introduces us to some extraordinary and treasured devices, each with their own story to tell.

Hands of Time is an intricate and uniquely personal exploration of the history, science, philosophy, and craft of timekeeping. We look forward to welcoming Rebecca to Oswestry for what should be a fascinating event.

Hands of Time will be a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week from 8th May


Absolutely gorgeous. It blew my socks off’ – Jay Blades

‘A beautiful book’ – Edmund de Waal

‘Bewitching and brilliant’ – Lara Maiklem


Rebecca is half of the founding husband and wife team behind Struthers Watchmakers studio and workshops. Born and raised in Birmingham, Rebecca was just 17 when she set out on her path to becoming one of Britain’s leading watchmakers. Initially training as a jeweller and silversmith with a passion for creating complex pieces of articulated jewellery; Rebecca soon found a way to combine her passion for craft with her love of science in the pursuit of horology.

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy Hands of Time) or £22 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of Hands of Time).

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