As a result of a significant bequest from the late George Daniels (1926 - 2011), pioneer independent watchmaker and inventor, a new initiative to benefit the British clock and watch industry was established in 2012. The trust fund has been set up to encourage and financially assist students, with grants and bursaries for training in all aspects of horology. The George Daniels Educational Trust (GDET) is an Isle of Man registered charity (Number 1096).

By actively supporting those wishing to make a career from horology in the UK, whether employed or self-employed, the trust fund will ensure that future generations are given the opportunity to develop their horological skills.

George Daniels is considered by many to have been the catalyst for the renaissance of the mechanical watch in the late 20th Century. Working alone over a period of forty years, he created 24 remarkable mechanical watches, each one a Masterpiece in its own right. These watches were entirely to his design, displaying the ingenuity, innovation and visual appeal that set his timepieces in a class of their own. As such, George became inspirational to a new generation of worldwide horologists.

Applications for grants and bursaries are open to UK citizens resident in the UK. Although the funds are provided by the GDET Trustees, an advisory committee (GDETAC) that reports to the Trustees, is responsible for the management of applications for horological training support and their administration through liaison with educational establishments. Members of both the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and the British Horological Institute, sit on the advisory committee.

Applications for support for all aspects of horological training are welcomed especially from those aspiring to a career in clock or watchmaking and seeking support for higher level (post-graduate) training. Applications, using the  should be directed to the Secretary:

The George Daniels Educational Trust shall also further the higher education of pupils studying or intending to study the disciplines of Engineering, Medicine or Building Construction to students nominated by City University London. Further information can be obtained from


The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

The British Horological Institute