In 2016 I was delighted to join a community engagement research project on First World War Baskets, called Basketry Then and Now. The project was led by the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre (ELIW), University of Hertfordshire and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
My involvement in the project had two strands to it.
I have been researching FWW artillery shell baskets, made in their thousands for the transportation of shells to the Front. My focus has been primarily on an unusual shell basket held in the collection at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. My aim has been to record, research and finally weave a replica of the basket. This proved to be very challenging but a great opportunity to learn some new skills and work with new materials too. Alongside researching artillery shell baskets, I am continuing to progress my own creative project called Significant Figures.
The project covered many different areas of basketry during the First World War presented through films, blog posts, events and research. Although the project has now ended, please visit the Basketry Then and Now website.