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 the Heritage Crafts Association we are doing what we can to address that situation and safeguard craft skills and knowledge for the future.

The Heritage Crafts Association 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.

Our aim is…

To support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage.

We will do this by:

  • Surveying – researching the status of heritage crafts, identifying those crafts in decline or in imminent danger of being lost, and addressing the issues to ensure their survival.
  • Advocating – communicating the vital importance of the heritage crafts to Government, key agencies and organisations.
  • Celebrating – raising awareness and raising the status of heritage craft skills with the wider public through a programme of public relations, communications and showcase events.
  • Safeguarding – working in partnership with key agencies in the education and learning sectors to identify and support new and innovative ways to ensure that the highest standard of heritage skills are passed from one generation to the next and where necessary recorded for posterity.
  • Supporting – to support heritage crafts through a range of means, including advice, networking, training and access to public and private funding.


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