What we do

In the UK traditional crafts are not recognised as either arts nor heritage so fall outside the remit of all current support and promotion bodies. At Heritage Crafts we are doing what we can to address that situation and safeguard craft skills and knowledge for the future.

Heritage Crafts is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

We are a UNESCO accredited NGO for Intangible Cultural Heritage and we advocate for UK ratification of the 2003 UNESCO Convention of the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which 180 of the 193 member states of UNESCO have already ratified.

Click here for official documents of the CIO, including our constitution and annual reports.