by Lucy Hockley "Celebrating 50 years since the first opening of the Weald & Downland Living Museum was not as originally planned, as 2020 changed for everyone. The Museum team had to adjust arrangements for this anniversary weekend last September, yet we were very...read more
Kate Dimancescu: “As travel is currently restricted and as I am an author, when asked to share why I joined The HCA as an overseas member I decided to share my thoughts in a written testimonial. Being a new HCA member has been a tremendously rewarding experience thus far.
Like many other organisations, the Heritage Crafts Association has made a commitment to increase diversity and representation within the charity – in our staff team, our trustee board and our critical friends (Vice-Presidents, Ambassadors, Advisors) – to be able to better serve and represent our members, those engaging with us and those who do not yet engage with us.
We are delighted to have recently welcomed our 1,000th member of the Heritage Crafts Association, wallpaper maker Louise Altman. Here, Louise tells us a little bit about her work and why she chose to join the HCA.
In 2019, Deborah was awarded £2,000 from the Endangered Craft Fund to help restore the Royal Loom. She aims to be designing and weaving her own linen damask on the loom when the restoration project is complete.
by Innan Sasaki, Warwick Business School, and Davide Ravasi, UCL School of Management Heritage and heritage crafts are sometimes misunderstood as part of a purely nostalgic and inward-looking industry. But those who work in the industry know that heritage crafters...read more
Colinton resident and art and craft expert Gill Colthart has been inspired by the historical drama television series Outlander to delve into the subject of Scottish indigenous crafts and here she gives us a bit of background to some of our craft heritage.read more
By Sarah Edmunds In recent months there has been a meteoric surge in the pursuit of arts and crafts as we spend more time than ever at home. Global crisis aside, the creative and curious amongst us have used this time as a force for good, taking up lapsed hobbies or...read more
On 15 June 2020 we ran an online event with Jay Blades (BBC Repair Shop, Jay Blades’ Home Fix) where Jay and host Robin Wood MBE were joined by 98 HCA members and fans on Zoom to listen to Jay talk about his inspirations and experiences and to ask him questions.
The heritage crafts sector is going to be particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as retailers experience a drop in footfall and selling events are cancelled all around the country. This is a summary of the financial support currently available.
In April 2020 we carried out a survey among heritage craftspeople on their businesses outlook during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey showed that: 73% of respondents were at reduced capacity or were unable to work as an indirect result of COVID-19; 71% believed their...read more
In March 2010 we accepted our first ever member, Meghan Purvis, who remains a member to this day! Meghan said: “Each time I try a new craft, I’m reminded of the dedication and skill of heritage crafts, and I’m so grateful to the HCA and the people in it for sharing their knowledge and artistry.”
Basketwork furniture making was a new entry to the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts this year. Meet Jonathan, the only remaining full-time maker, and his apprentices at Coates...read more
Cambridge Woodwind Makers is a not-for-profit organisation providing a platform from which to preserve and teach the skills associated with woodwind instrument making and repair… skills that, according to the Red List of Endangered Crafts, are endangered.read more
Neill Mapes was awarded HCA/Marsh Trainer of the Year 2019, receiving his award at the HCA Annual Conference in March 2019. Neill has made the decision to gift half of his award money to the HCA in order to give support to a young craftsperson and the other half to...read more
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...read more
Dozens of traditional British crafts that have been practised for centuries are in serious danger of vanishing forever. Craftspeople, from flute makers to glass sign painters, and wagon builders to bell founders, are on the brink of extinction as fewer people are...read more
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...read more
Zoe Collis, the papermaking apprentice at Two Rivers Paper who was recruited through the HCA’s pre-apprenticeship pilot scheme in 2017, is now a role model for young heritage crafts recruits after featuring on the BBC Bitesize website.
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...read more
The Embroidered Computer by Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak doesn’t look like what you might expect when you think of a computer. Instead, the work looks like an elegantly embroidered textile, complete with glass and magnetic beads and a meandering pattern of copper wire....read more
Lovely little film about British sailmaker Chris Spencer Chapman from Salcombe, Devon, directed by his daughter Hazel.read more
Gold beating is listed on the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts as an extinct craft in the UK. Here's how it was done in the...read more
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...read more
Coates English Willow in Somerset have made the hot-air balloon baskets carrying Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in their latest film The...read more
HCA member greenwood worker JoJo Wood and HCA Endangered Crafts Officer Mary Lewis featured on ITV News Central on 2 January 2019. https://youtu.be/EZby-nwveCEread more
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...read more
Check out this video demonstrating an incredible level of skill in woodturning....read more
As part of our link-up with AirBnB Experiences, world renowned photographer Rankin has captured craftspeople featured on the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts.read more
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...read more
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.read more
Tuesday 20th March was the ‘Big Crit’ day for students involved in the Endangered Crafts Unit X project at Manchester School of Art, which has been inspired by the HCA’s Red List.read more
Speech delivered by Greta Bertram, HCA Secretary, at the launch of the Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts, 3 May 2017 at the House of Lords.
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.
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…read more
It seems to me that the life many people aspire to at the moment involves spending the working day in important meetings or at a computer or doing similar cerebral work…read more
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.read more
Well I never knew that Tonbridge was famous for the making of cricket balls. This is a craft process involving a lot of hand skill.read more
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…read more
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?read more
We are approaching a very important centenary in the art world, the creation of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘fountain’, arguably the most important work of art of the 20th century.
Last night a select group of craftsfolk from around the UK left their workshops and headed to a very posh hotel in London’s Mayfairread more
Should we the craft community be celebrating the bicentenary of the 1811 Luddite rebellions?read more
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...read more
I just came across this wonderful witty ad campaign for the College for Creative Studies in Detroit mimicking anti drugs campaigns.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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’.read more
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.read more
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...read more
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.read more