Who we are

The Heritage Crafts Association is a volunteer-led Charitable Incorporated Organisation (not-for-profit) governed by a board of trustees and run with the support of an administrator, advisors and volunteers.

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President

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

 

Staff

Sally Morgan – Administrator

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Board of trustees

 

Ian Keys – Chair

Director of Bowlish Arts & Events Limited and Honorary Secretary of the Historic Houses Association, Wessex Region.
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Patricia Lovett MBE FRSA – Vice Chair

Professional calligrapher, scribe and illuminator.
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Greta Bertram – Secretary

Senior Research Assistant – Basketry Then and Now, University of Hertfordshire.
Freelance Consultant – The Museum of the Intangible, Museum of English Rural Life
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Alexandra Kelley – Treasurer

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Robin Wood MBE

Professional polelathe bowl turner and green woodworker.
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Daniel Carpenter

PhD researcher into heritage crafts, University of Exeter. Former Wales Coordinator at Voluntary Arts.
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Dr Chrissie Freeth

Tapestry and cloth weaver. HCA newsletter editor.
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Richard Hobbs

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Helen Nichols

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Ambrita Shahani

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Judit Sogan

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Laura Southall

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Katy Bevan

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Patrons

 

Lord Patrick Cormack – Conservative Peer

Conservative Peer after being an MP for many years, Lord Cormack was made a peer in 2010 and is an active member of the House of Lords. He takes an interest in historical issues, particularly those related to English Heritage. He is also a very knowledgeable parliamentary historian and has written many books on subjects ranging from the history of parliament, British castles, English cathedrals, and a book on William Wilberforce. Patrick Cormack has been a trustee of the Churches Preservation Trust since 1972, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He has been a council member of British Archaeology since 1979, and is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. From 1983-93, he was a Trustee on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Lord Cormack was chair of the All Party Arts and Heritage Committee, and is a strong supporter of the HCA.

Sir Christopher Frayling – Rector at Royal College of Art (1996 – 2009)

Sir Christopher Frayling has a deep interest in art, design and craft, and has written extensively on the subjects including his book On Craftsmanship. He was the Chairman of Arts Council England from 2005-2009 and has also been Chairman of the Design Council, Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was a governor of the British Film Institute in the 1980s. Christopher Frayling was awarded a knighthood for Services to Art and Design Education in 2001. He has written and presented television series such as The Art of Persuasion on advertising and Strange Landscape on the Middle Ages.

Kaffe Fassett – textile designer

Kaffe Fassett is an American-born artist who has resided in England since 1964 and is best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts – needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics. His work was the subject of a 1988 one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the first time a living textile artist had such a show there, and which then went on to tour nine countries. Author of more than 30 books, he has hosted craft-related television and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including his own show, Glorious Colour.

Emma Bridgewater – Ceramics manufacturer

Emma Bridgewater is the owner of of the eponymous pottery, based in Stoke. Noted for their polka dot design among others, the company specialises in pottery with motifs drawing on expertise and traditional techniques stretching back over 200 years and is one of the largest pottery manufacturers based entirely in the UK.

Mark Henderson – Chairman of Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row

Chairman of Gieves and Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row Mark Henderson is a strong supporter of British craft, and set up ‘Savile Row Bespoke’ in 2004 to protect and promote the art of hand-craft tailoring on Savile Row. In 2012 he also established ‘The New Craftsman’, an initiative of pop-up shops and a website to promote and sell quality British craft. Mark is a Trustee of QEST, the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s charity, which funds scholarships for craftsmanship. He has been a mentor on Walpole’s ‘Crafted’ programme, and is a mentor on the London Business School’s Entrepreneurship Summer School, and also chairs the Walpole/LBS Innovation in Luxury competition.

Dr Alex Langlands – Archaeologist and television presenter

‘The Victorian Farm’, which aired in January 2009, followed Alex and team for a full calendar year exploring rural life in the Victorian era. The follow up ‘Edwardian Farm’ saw Alex rick building, tanning, barrel making, lobster-pot making, hedging and forging a Devon-style bill hook. Most recently Alex has completed the series with ‘Wartime Farm’. Alex has recently completed his PhD on Travel and communication in early medieval Wessex. Alex has worked on archaeological sites throughout Europe, has a keen interest in rural crafts and runs a number of archaeology and local history courses.

Paul Martin – Television presenter

Paul Martin studied art and woodwork at Falmouth College of Arts and is best known for being the presenter of various BBC programmes including Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution and Flog It!

 

Special advisors

 

Tanya Harrod

Visiting Professor, Department of Design History at the Royal College of Art. Tanya is the author ‘The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century’ (Yale University Press, 1999). Trained as an art historian, she is a co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft.

Anne Canning

Special advisor on human resources.

Daniel Harris

Weaver and founder of the London Cloth Company.

Steve Byrne

Special advisor on information technology.