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Statement on the fire at the Notre-Dame

We offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Paris at the devastation to the magnificent Notre-Dame.   These terrible events remind us that our shared cultural heritage is hugely important to our sense of identity.  As we consider where the skills will come from...

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Red List 2019 in the press

Following the launch of the Red List of Endangered Crafts 2019 edition, the story was picked up across a range of print and broadcast media. The Daily Mail ran with a double-page spread entitled  ‘Save our skills’, with the its online edition opting for ‘Holding on to...

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Gilding the Gingerbread trailer

The trailer for our Gilding the Gingerbread film, supported by The Goldsmiths' Company and produced by Palio Films. DVDs of the full film are available from the HCA Shop and you can hear Ellie Berkhead speak about the project at Making is Good for You – The Heritage...

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The Sailmaker

Lovely little film about British sailmaker Chris Spencer Chapman from Salcombe, Devon, directed by his daughter Hazel.

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The art and mystery of needle making

A film about the history of the needle making industry made by the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, one of London's ancient Livery companies (via Caroline Rousset-Johnson on...

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Hannah Hauxwell quilts to go on sale

Hannah Hauxwell (1926-2018) was emblematic of the tough, resourceful upland farmers of North Yorkshire and County Durham. Having run her family farm, Low Birk Hatt in Baldersdale, since the death of her parents and uncle when she was 35, Hauxwell lived a life of...

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Gilding the Gingerbread

View the film trailer Two fortunate trainees, Ellen Wood and Tony Hassett, learned the traditional craft skills of gilding on the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich on 6th and 7th August. Master craftswoman Rachael Linton demonstrated the skills and explained the processes...

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A fabulous exhibition of works at Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Endangered Crafts, which was based on the HCA’s Red List, culminated in a fabulous exhibition of works at Manchester Craft and Design Centre in May. Over 150 students from across the School participated in the project, with selected works exhibited as part of the School of Art’s Unit X Festival.  

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University of Lincoln uses virtual reality to provide experience of heritage crafts

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The University of Lincoln has developed a new system to use virtual reality technology to train young blacksmiths, saying that it wants to get more people involved in trades that are in danger of disappearing. Using their virtual blacksmith’s forge, users can experience the basic principles behind blacksmithing, and the hope is that young people might go on to take it up for real.

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European Folk Art and Craft Federation

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Last month, HCA trustees met with Solveig Torgersen Grinder (Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association) and Liina Veskimägi (Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union) from the European Folk Art and Craft Federation…

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Art in Action

Last weekend I attended Art in Action a most wonderful show near Oxford. We were offered a free HCA stand after the organisers attended our spring conference at the V&A…

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JW Evans silversmiths, saved or lost?

When a craft business that has a special part in our history is in danger of closing what should we do? How about buy it and spend large sums of public money on preserving the building, artifacts and accumulated detritus whilst letting the last skilled artisans stop work and walk away?

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John Hayes on the support for heritage crafts

For those that were not at the HCA skills forum at Chelsea College in 2011, or for those that were and would like a transcript, this is John Hayes speech. We felt it was enormously positive, at last we have someone in a position to make a difference who really...

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Craft notes from Japan

I’ve been in Japan for 2 weeks now (with another 4 to go) and have already seen plenty of wonderful Japanese crafts. Although it is hot in August, I have to admit I’m a fan of hot weather so I’m having a great time.

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Royal support for crafts initiative

The Prince of Wales has always had wonderful respect for craftspeople working with tradition, and now he has taken on the presidency of a new organisation created by craftspeople themselves.

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Can we define what craft is?

Yesterday I was a meeting in London of the steering group for a major piece of government funded research into the state of heritage crafts in England.

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Heritage Heroes BBC TV

Last October I spent a lot of time advising the team for a new BBC program on potential craftspeople they could visit as part of a series at that time billed as ‘Heritage at Risk’.

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Manifesto for Crafts Education

The HCA’s highly successful and rewarding Manifesto for Making at the Spring Conference last year, the findings of the Mapping Heritage Crafts focus groups, and the Crafts Council’s research into the current state of education in crafts have all highlighted the current issues with craft teaching and learning.

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Why heritage crafts are important

Keynote speech by Professor Ewan Clayton Professor Ewan Clayton is a renowned calligrapher, Visiting Professor in Art, Design, Media and Culture at the University of Sunderland and lecturer in calligraphy at the University of Roehampton. The HCA was honoured that...

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Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers Celebrate Birthday

For hundreds of years the English bow changed little – after all, there are very few significant modifications you can make to a stick and a string. True, the mighty war bow differed from the rather less powerful bow used for hunting, as did the lighter and more attractively created bow used for recreation.

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