Research reports

Research into heritage craft is patchy.  For example, we have excellent recent research on the craft sector economy in England, but do not have this data for Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.  There is research available on some areas of the use of craft (e.g. education) but little in others (e.g. in theraputic settings – dementia care, occupational health, etc.)

If you are looking for a masters dissertation topic in the field of intangible cultural heritage, please do get in touch.

Please let us know of other UK research which is missing from the listing below.

English Heritage has recently (2013) conducted a literature review of heritage skills. This concentrates on skills relating to the built environment.

Getting into heritage crafts – advisory document

Pre-apprenticeship first contact opportunities for young people and heritage craft businesses A theory of change advisory document from an Ernest Cook funded pilot project in South West England Written and compiled by Tracy Hill, The Creativity Chamber, for the...

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The importance of Heritage Crafts

For most of our history, making things by hand was the norm, and the skills were passed from one generation to the next. In this digital age, when so many spend their days in front of a computer screen, the thrill and sense of satisfaction in taking time to make...

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Survey – December 2009 to March 2010

In December 2009, the HCA posted a survey for traditional craftspeople. It was publicised specifically to craftspeople who had already shown support for the HCA, as well as more publicly on the HCA website and other websites. The survey had 206 respondents. Click here...

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Resources for Researchers

Please see www.heritagecrafts.org.uk/index.php/heritagecrafts/research for a listing of published research. We are also developing a research agenda for the safeguarding of heritage crafts, including their use in various settings, and would be very happy to speak to...

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2011 Council Survey

Following anecdotal evidence that traditional crafts were not recognised at local government level, instead slipping between heritage (buildings) and the arts, the HCA conducted a survey into the support local councils (at city, district and county level) in England...

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Standard Occupational Codes for Craft

Mapping Heritage Craft (2012) indicted that heritage craft in England alone produced a GVA that is similar to the petro-chemical industry, and, when calculated for the whole of the UK, is three times the GVA of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Having so little of...

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