About Us


Owen Davies

Project Director

Owen is a Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. As a Co-Investigator for the AHRC Every Day Lives in War Engagement Centre, he is currently working with a range of non-academic partners to explore aspects of everyday life during the First World War – including basketry – while also exploring more specific aspects of the supernatural and belief.



Greta Bertram

Project Manager

Greta is Secretary of the Heritage Crafts Association, and has previously been the Antarctic Project Cataloguer for the Polar Museum, as well as Project Officer at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading, where she was responsible for the basket collection and managed heritage basketry workshops and events.

Contact: gretabertram@gmail.com




Hilary Burns

Project co-Manager

Hilary is a professional basketmaker and co-founder of Basketry and Beyond, a not-for-profit organisation encouraging and furthering the craft and skills of basketry. Basketry and Beyond started in 2003 and in May 2013 held a festival in Devon, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to demonstrate all aspects of basketry with a focus on the themes of ‘Fishing, Farming and Fashion’.


Adam Jones-Lloyd


Bunty Ball

Project researcher: baskets in the skies, particularly aeroplane seats and balloon baskets

Bunty is a professional basketmaker, and has been a member of the Basketmakers’ Association since the early 1990s. Her main interests are basketmaking and chair seating, including collecting and research into techniques and materials.



Stephanie Bunn

Project researcher: basketry as therapy in Scotland

Mary Butcher

Project researcher: baskets in Kent

Selena Chandler

Project researcher: the Orsett basket works in Essex

Maggie Cooper

Project researcher: willow growing and basketmaking in the Castle Donington area, Leicestershire

Mary Crabb

Project researcher: artillery shell baskets

Mary is a basketmaker, tutor and maths support teacher. Initially her career began in primary, then museum education with the later development of her creative practice. This began with the learning of traditional willow basketry skills and developed into a style of working using a mix of traditional and contemporary materials; weaving using adapted basketry and textile techniques.


Rae Gillott

Project researcher: baskets for use in transportation

Tim Palmer

Project researcher: basketry as therapy in Scotland

Clare Revera

Project researcher: agricultural baskets and basketry as therapy in Wales