Daniel Carpenter
PhD Student


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.

Broad research specialisms:

My academic interests include experiential learning, embodied knowledge, intangible cultural heritage, material culture and experimental archaeology. My ethnographic methodology is informed by a theoretical framework based on grounded theory, phenomenology and critical discourse analysis.

Research groups and committees


BA (Cardiff), PgDip (Plymouth), MA (Cardiff)

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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