CinBA Research into Bronze Age Craftsmanship Project, HERA funded with academic partners across Europe and the Crafts Council 2012-2013

Advisory Committee Member, AHRC funded project on basketry research, Beyond the Basket, University of East Anglia, 2009-2011

Month in Japan researching for East Weaves West, Basketry in Japan and Britain 2005

Research Associate, Norwich School of Art & Design Compiling a database of basketmakers and constructed textile workers in Norfolk and Suffolk 2001

Polish trip to Basketry School, Kwidzyn, to learn special techniques (funded by The Basketmakers’ Association)

Discussion and technical learning from traditional basketmakers: Marian Gwiazda, Poland, Luis Grau, Catalonia, Norbert Faure, France, Colin Manthorpe, England (part funded by Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust)

Re-cataloguing basket collection, Reading University Rural History Museum, Reading University with Dr Maurice Bichard

Research Fellow in Basketmaking, Manchester Metropolitan University 1994–1997

Researching the making of a watercress basket formerly found in East Sussex and West Kent. Project with Dominic Parette.
Thanks to The Basketmakers Company Charitable Trust for funding this project.
Photo Mary Butcher

Colin Manthorpe making one of the
last Quarter Crans, a herring basket
accurate to 14 measurements.
Thanks to Queen Elizabeth
Scholarship Trust
for grant funding for this research.
Photo Mary Butcher