“Surgery is an amalgam of scientific knowledge, craftsmanship and performance, where expertise is only gained through years of painstaking practice. Heritage crafts demonstrate similar skills, including detailed observation, delicacy, precision and a sensitivity to precious materials.
“As Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London I research how surgeons learn. My work has uncovered huge untapped potential for surgeons and scientists to gain from expert craftspeople. For example Fleur Oakes, now lacemaker-in-residence in vascular surgery at Imperial, is developing a training programme for aspiring surgeons.
“Heritage crafts are an invaluable yet largely untapped resource for science and medicine. Supporting them is crucial for all our futures.”
Professor Roger Kneebone PhD FRCS FRCSEd FRCSGP HonRCM
Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science at Imperial College London
Become a Corporate Sponsor
Some of the ways in which you can support the Heritage Crafts Association and meet your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives at the same time:
- make a donation to the Heritage Crafts Association;
- support a trainee in an endangered craft for part or all of their training;
- pay for tools and materials for a trainee in traditional skills;
- sponsor an annual award as part of the Heritage Crafts Awards;
- sponsor a Heritage Crafts Association event, such as our annual conference or training days for makers;
- sponsor a film or series of films showing how crafts are made;
- donate your products, services or expertise in support of the Heritage Crafts Association;
- make the Heritage Crafts Association your ‘Charity of the Year’ and engage your staff in a whole series of events to raise funds for traditional crafts.
Our Corporate Sponsors are pivotal to the future of heritage crafts
Your financial contribution will help us to:
- raise awareness of the challenges facing heritage crafts;
- make awards and bursaries which recognise excellence and provide funding for training and support for emerging craft talent;
- support the heritage crafts community so that traditional crafts continue into the future;
- record endangered craft skills and make them available in print and online;
- advocate for traditional crafts to government and key organisations;
- increase the profile of heritage crafts across the UK and raise awareness of the world-class crafts produced here;
- highlight the cultural value of heritage crafts and their national importance;
- inform and inspire young people to consider a career in craft;
- provide teaching materials for non-specialists so that crafts can be taught in the classroom.
To find out more about becoming a Heritage Crafts Association Corporate Sponsor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.