Cherry Ann Knott
Trained as an architect, Cherry Ann specialised in historic areas conservation and townscape appraisals, working initially in a county planning department and then in the Department of the Environment’s Historic Area Conservation Division (now part of English Heritage). Post-graduate studies have included sociology (Edinburgh University) and architectural history (Courtauld Instititute of Art); she has a PhD in history from Warwick University.
As Head of Conservation and also of Regional Services at the Crafts Council, she was responsible for setting up its conservation information section and supporting training opportunities in conservation skills, while at the same time developing the Council’s regional involvements with contemporary crafts. She moved from London to Derbyshire to be property manager of the National Trust’s 17th-century mansion, Sudbury Hall, and curator of its Museum of Childhood; she has since carried out extensive archive research, both independently and for the National trust, centering on the building of the Hall.
Cherry Ann was the first Director of the Gulbertson Foundation’s Craft Initiative, and has undertaken large-scale published research projects on the crafts in adult education and on the socio-economic position of craftspeople in Britain in the 1990s. For more than 20 years she has been a trustee of the Craft Study Centre. She has had a home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, for over 25 years, and was one of the team recruited to set up Stroud’s Museum in the Park.
From 2006 to 2016, she was an assessor for Heritage Lottery Fund, the West Midlands region.
A Founder trustee in 1995, Cherry Ann agreed to become an Honorary Fellow of the Trust in 2015