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Bursaries awarded to date

Heritage Crafts is delighted to have awarded 22 training bursaries for trainees to learn heritage craft skills since 2021, supported by The Royal Mint, City & Guilds Foundation, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Ashley Family Foundation, the Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund, The Arts Society, DCA Consulting and Kendrick Hobbs.


  • Caius Bearder, from Glasgow, to train in silver spinning with Sheffield-based Warren Martin.
  • Logan Beckford-China, aged 16 from Cornwall, to undertake 40 days Cornish hedging training with the newly-formed Cornwall Rural Education and Skills Trust.
  • Marcia Bennett Male, sculptor from London, to train in portrait work, specifically how to use a traditional pointing machine for reproducing likenesses from a clay maquette.
  • Michael Dickson, aged 18 from Hertfordshire, to study a Foundation Degree in Clocks at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.
  • Rosie Elwood, from Tyneside, to train in metal thread embroidery with goldwork embroiderer Hanny Newton and the Royal School of Needlework.
  • Roy Evans, metalsmith from Gloucestershire, to develop his coppersmithing skills at Newlyn Copperworks.
  • Andrew Fisher, leatherworker from Buckinghamshire, to attend courses on leather restoration and repair, seat upholstery and industrial sewing machine repair.
  • Hannah Girvan, furniture maker, to undertake a one-to-one apprenticeship at Woodlab.
  • Abby Gray, from Glasgow, to undertake an apprenticeship with renowned tailor and dressmaker Alis Le May.
  • Iona Hall, from Bristol, to train in silver box making with Kent-based silversmith Ray Walton.
  • Nkosi Kerr, from London, to complete a Level 3 Bench Joinery course at the Building Crafts College, setting himself up to make significant progress in his carpentry career.
  • Bodhi King, from Pembrokeshire, to undertake a number of specialised courses focusing on traditional and heritage blacksmithing.
  • Toben Lewis, from the remote community of Iona, to study bookbinding one-to-one with 2018 Heritage Crafts Trainer of the Year Kathy Abbott.
  • Michelle Mateo, basket maker from Monmouth, to train in split wood basketry and expand her repertoire from ask to hazel and oak splint basketry.
  • Daahir Mohamed, lime plasterer from Bristol, to undertake six-month Fellowship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
  • Claire Mooney, from Newry, Northern Ireland, to train in silver spinning with Sheffield-based Warren Martin.
  • Barney Murray, from Denbighshire, to undertake the Dry Stone Walling Association’s Master Craftsman certification scheme, under the mentorship of Andy Loudon.
  • Leena Patel, from Edinburgh, to complete a one-year Foundation Course to provide an in-depth knowledge into the skills required to become a jewellery maker.
  • Gareth Roberts, from West Sussex, to further his bookbinding training with Bound by Veterans and City Lit College.
  • Emma-Jane Rule, from Leicester, to train in silver box making with Kent-based silversmith Ray Walton.
  • Cameron Wallace, from Clackmannanshire, to learn hand lettercutting with master lettercutter Gillian Forbes.
  • Ieuan Williamson, from Gwynedd, to expand his skills into timber framing through an intensive two-week residential course.