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Practise-led craft research is a new academic field in the higher education system that requires access to physical environments and materials in order to exercise research and development. Craft research is practiced through the making of handicraft, as opposed to research about handicraft that traditionally has been the subject for historians, ethnologists and architects. Craft research focuses on processes and procedures and the choices and decisions made during the working process. What kind of material are used, in what way does different materials determine the chosen process, what end-result does one want etc. Craft research poses questions how practical experiences can make us understand history in new ways.

The Craft Laboratory

In Mariestad the University of Gothenburg has created a milieu for education and research in crafts within the heritage practice field. The Craft Laboratory, established in 2010, as a joint resource between the department and public bodies on governmental, regional and local levels, has the objective to preserve and develop craft skills and craft research within the heritage practice field requested by those societal sectors responsible for its management.

See the Craft Laboratory web-site

Subject Area Contact Information

For further information, please contact one of the subject area research leaders:
Built Environment:
Professor Ola Wetterberg
Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects:
Professor Elizabeth Peacock

The Craftsmanship Laboratory

The Craftsmanship Laboratory is a national resource with the objectives to develop laboratories for collaboration between conservation institutions and academic research and education. 

Page Manager: Linda Fröberg|Last update: 12/8/2015

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