Catalogue description Dorothy Wright Collection

This record is held by Museum of English Rural Life

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Reference: D DWGT
Title: Dorothy Wright Collection



List compiled April 1997.

Date: 1919-1943

D DWGT/B1-5 Correspondence


D DWGT/C1-18 Research material


D DWGT/D1-12 Reference material


D DWGT/F1-10 Draft copies of work


D DWGT/G1 Copy of speech


D DWGT/H1-35 Photographs

Held by: Museum of English Rural Life, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Wright, Dorothy, 1910-1996, writer and basket maker

Physical description: 81 documents
Immediate source of acquisition:

Accession no: DX226


The records were deposited 11th March 1997 as a bequest by Dorothy Wright (deceased).

Publication note:

Books and articles by Dorothy Wright in the Rural History Centre Library


'A Cradle of Willow - A Nativity Play', (1952).


'Baskets and Basketry', (1959).


'Osiers and the Time', (1965).


'Baskets in the Utrecht Psalter and its Three Copies: A Comparative Study', (1960's).


'Baskets: An Exhibition of Craftsmen's Work', (1969).


'A Caneworkers Book for the Senior Basket Maker', (1970).


'Lobster and Crab Pots in the South Hams', (reprinted from the 'Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science'), (1976).


'The Complete Book of Baskets and Basketry', (1977).


'Repairing Victorian Willow Chair Seats (from 'Antique Collector'), (1983).


'The Useful Willow: An Exhibition of Basket Making' (Introduction), (nd).

  • Handicrafts
Administrative / biographical background:

Dorothy Wright was born in 1910. She went to art school as she wanted to be a stage designer. Before World War Two she worked in the dress trade at St Ives, Cornwall where she wrote and designed for the local drama group. She became interested in crafts and after four years at the War Office she joined the London County Council's panel of Craft Instructors in 1947. She learned basketry under Mr W. Silence at the Royal Institute for the Blind and studied and designed baskets as well as teaching basket making. In addition to writing about basketry Dorothy Wright also wrote novels, plays and screenplays. She died in 1996.

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