College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
My longstanding interest in heritage crafts has manifest itself since 2009 through my involvement with the Heritage Crafts Association, the advocacy body set up to secure a sustainable future for traditional crafts, of which I am one of the founding trustees. As part of this role, I have initiated, and now serve on, the judging panel for the Heritage Crafts Awards, and have worked on a number of projects, including acting as a consultant on the National Museums Wales Gweithdy craft skills centre at St Fagan’s National History Museum.
Prior to doctoral research I spent nine years at Voluntary Arts, the national agency promoting participation in creative cultural activities, heading up information and research, and, latterly, coordinating the work of the organisation in Wales. In that time I led national and European research and amateur participation projects, including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded ‘Hand on Crafts’ programme fostering intergenerational relationships to pass on heritage craft skills, and was part of the steering group for the AHRC Connected Communities project ‘Co-Creating CARE’.
My academic background is in the humanities, focusing on critical and cultural theory. My Masters focused on new religious movements of the British Isles from the perspective of poststructural historiography.
Research groups and committees
- Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge research group, School of Geography, Exeter University
- Theory and Research in Practice research cluster, South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership
- Association of Critical Heritage Studies UK Chapter
- ICOMOS UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee
BA (Cardiff), PgDip (Plymouth), MA (Cardiff)