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Apr 25, 2024

Celebrating Diversity in Science: ‘Where I Work’ Exhibition Features Dr. Rebecca Struthers

At the heart of King’s Cross, London, a captivating outdoor exhibition is challenging perceptions and celebrating the diverse faces and stories behind scientific research. “Where I Work” , an acclaimed photography feature by Nature journal, spotlights scientists from various disciplines, offering a glimpse into their roles and breaking stereotypes about the scientific community.

Running until June, this free exhibition showcases a selection of portraits capturing the essence of scientific exploration and innovation. It’s a tribute not only to the remarkable work scientists do but also to the late Karen Kaplan, whose dedication brought the project to life.

Among the featured scientists is our very own Rebecca Struthers, a trailblazer in the field of watchmaking. Rebecca’s journey into the world of horology is as fascinating as her craft. Dropping out of secondary school to pursue art, she eventually found her passion in the intricate mechanics of timepieces.

Rebecca’s educational journey reflects her multidisciplinary approach to her craft. From studying jewellery and silversmithing to earning a master’s degree in the history of art and design, she seamlessly blended her artistic sensibilities with her love for science and technology. Her pursuit culminated in a PhD focusing on eighteenth-century watch production and accessibility.

As a self-proclaimed “watch doctor,” Rebecca specialises in the restoration of antique and vintage timepieces. Her expertise lies in deciphering the complexities of watch mechanisms, meticulously restoring them to their former glory. Whether it’s repairing a broken part or crafting a replacement by hand, Rebecca’s dedication to preserving horological heritage shines through in her work.

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Rebecca stands out as a rare gem. She proudly holds the title of the only independent female watchmaker in the United Kingdom, defying conventions and inspiring future generations of women in horology.

Through her participation in the “Where I Work” exhibition, Rebecca not only showcases her craftsmanship but also serves as a beacon of diversity and inclusion in the scientific community. Her story embodies the spirit of innovation and resilience, reminding us that passion knows no bounds and that diversity fuels progress in every field.

Visit Granary Square to explore Rebecca’s story and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of scientific exploration presented at the Where I Work exhibition. Let her journey inspire you to embrace your passions and break barriers in pursuit of excellence. 

If you can’t get down to London for the exhibition you can read more about everyone featured here and Rebecca specifically here

Credit for Rebecca’s photograph: Andy Pilsbury