Could you be our new Chair?

Chair vacancyDeadline for applications: Sunday 19 June 2022

Heritage Crafts has enlisted the help of Inclusive Boards in our search for a new Chair.

Heritage Crafts is seeking a new Chair to lead the organisation through the next stage of its strategic and operational development. The Chair will lead the Board and act as an active advocate for Heritage Crafts in a variety of contexts.

Heritage Crafts came into being a little over 12 years ago as a result of a groundswell of passion for traditional craft skills, and a desire that these skills be recognised, supported and celebrated for their contribution to UK culture, economy, community and individual wellbeing.

In 12 years we have seen a massive shift, as the media and policymakers have begun to respond to the popular demand that craft skills be celebrated and supported in all walks of life, from pre-school to retirement and beyond, and in all of the UK’s culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

We need to continue our sustainable growth with a new Chair who has the knowledge, skills and experience to harness past success and provide the Board with strong leadership and achieve our strategic vision of a UK with making at its heart.

For more information about the role at Heritage Crafts, please download the candidate pack by clicking on the link below:


if you have any queries about this roleplease email hello@inclusiveboards.co.uk. If you wish to apply, please supply a detailed CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides) highlighting your suitability for the role, why you meet the person specification and your motivation for becoming a Chair of Heritage Crafts – we would like to know what it is about us, our cause or work that resonates with you personally. Please note that the cover letter explaining your suitability is an important part of your application and you will not be considered without a CV and cover letter.

 

City & Guilds Foundation support bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees

Nkosi KerrThe City & Guilds Foundation and Heritage Crafts are delighted to announce a new bursary for Black and minority ethnic trainees in heritage crafts.

The first bursary is being awarded to Nkosi Kerr, who moved to the UK from Tobago in 2019. An incredible talent, he was taught carpentry by his father, a well-respected craftsman. With the support of the bursary, Nkosi will complete a Level 3 Bench Joinery course at the Building Crafts College in London setting himself up to make significant progress in his carpentry career.

It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, we are taking positive action to target this bursary at Black and ethnically diverse groups who are currently under-represented. The City & Guilds Foundation and Heritage Crafts believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, whatever their background.

Nkosi KerrThe next bursary will be opened for applications on the Heritage Crafts website in the summer. To be notified when applications go live, please email Mary Lewis at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk.

The City & Guilds Foundation is part of the City & Guilds charity, and its programmes are targeted to help everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, have opportunities to succeed.

City & Guilds Foundation Advocacy Lead Lauren Roberts said:

“Quality skills development for all is at the heart of what we do at the City & Guilds Foundation. We are incredibly excited to be working with Heritage Crafts in their mission to support black and ethnically diverse individuals, and are very proud to support learners on their journey to be highly valued members of the heritage community.”

Heritage Crafts Operations Director Daniel Carpenter said:

“We are thrilled to be working with the City & Guilds Foundation to provide bursaries for Black and ethnically diverse groups and help redress the historic imbalance of opportunity that has resulted from both overt and hidden discrimination within the heritage crafts sector. We are very excited to see the new generation of makers as much more reflective of modern British society.”

This bursary was first offered in 2021 sponsored by DCA Consulting and the recipient was lime plasterer Daahir Mohamed.

 

The Prince’s Master Crafters

The Prince’s Master Crafters

When: Wednesday 18 May, 8pm
Where:
Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW

Heritage Crafts President HRH The Prince of Wales has lent his name to a new seven-part series, The Prince’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation, set to spotlight Britain’s rich heritage of traditional crafts, airing this month on Sky Arts. Backed by Heritage Crafts and The Prince’s Foundation who put forward the featured experts from amongst Heritage Crafts members, the series is produced by Spun Gold TV and hosted by Jim Moir, and will see a selection of top amateur craftspeople take on a variety of crafting challenges to supercharge their skills before each of them creates a final showcase piece to present to His Royal Highness in person.

When it comes to traditional crafts, Britain has a rich heritage – from wood carving to blacksmithing and weaving to stained glass – but we risk losing them forever. Last year alone in the UK, four heritage crafts were declared extinct and a further 56 critically endangered on the Heritage Crafts Red List of Endangered Crafts.

Drawn from across the country, the six amateur craftspeople will explore the history and importance of six key disciplines. They’re joined by some of the country’s leading experts who each week set them a new task within their crafts. The challenges and experts are as follows:

  • Wood carving – Sarah Goss asks the craftspeople to create a carving inspired by William Morris and the arts and crafts movement
  • Stained glass – Derek Hunt challenges the craftspeople to create a stained-glass panel to include a symbol
  • Weaving – Rezia Wahid sets an intricate task asking our craftspeople to use different types of weaving in as they weave material of their choice
  • Blacksmithing – Phil Carter challenges our craftspeople to create a fire poker with a leaf detailing
  • Stone carving – Zoe Wilson sets a task to create a stone carved leaf
  • Pargeting – Johanna Welsh’s task for the crafters is to create a pargeted panel of leaves and acorns
  • Grand final

The final episode will see the crafters visit Dumfries House, home to The Prince’s Foundation, to seek inspiration for their showcase pieces. They’ll then take part in a graduation like no other as they present their individual pieces to His Royal Highness himself at his private residence, Highgrove House. All the showcase pieces are then displayed at The Prince’s Foundation’s new training base at Highgrove.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, commented:

“Over the last two years many of us have taken up artistic pursuits and more people are getting into crafts – from stained glass to woodcarving and everything in between. The Prince of Wales has championed those traditional crafts for many years, so it feels like there’s no better time to showcase the brilliant skills of this cohort of crafters. And with Jim Moir at the helm guiding us through the show it promises to be an entertaining and enlightening delight.”

New partnership with Axminster Tools

Axminister ToolsAxminster Tools and Heritage Crafts are delighted to announce a brand new partnership, featuring a new Woodworker of the Year award to be launched later this summer. 

Global suppliers of woodworking tools and machinery, Axminster Tools has spent 50 years building their family business into the renowned organisation it is today.

Sarah Goss, woodcarver

Sarah Goss, woodcarver

Working together with makers and creators at all levels, from trade professionals through to craft enthusiasts, their commitment to supporting woodworking skills fits perfectly with the ethos of Heritage Crafts, the UK charity set up in 2010 to support and safeguard traditional craft skills as a fundamental part of the UK’s living heritage.

As well as advocating on behalf of the heritage crafts sector (including its membership of more than 1,200) to policymakers and politicians, it raises awareness of the importance of these skills through projects such as The Red List of Endangered Crafts and The President’s Award for Endangered Crafts set up by the charity’s President HRH The Prince of Wales.

Along with the new Woodworker of the Year award, the partners will be collaborating on a range of other exciting initiatives to be announced in due course.

Axminster Tools Managing Director Alan Styles said:

“We see part of our role in the woodworking community as helping to ensure practical skills and knowledge are not only sustainable and protected but shared with others. Our teams are built from industry professionals, craftspeople and passionate woodworkers and we work hard to ensure that their knowledge is freely accessible to all and able to be passed from generation to generation. We believe that the benefits of celebrating and encouraging craft skills are far-reaching which is why we’re delighted to partner with Heritage Crafts.”

Heritage Crafts Director Daniel Carpenter said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Axminster Tools on this partnership to continue to lift the profile of woodworking skills as part of the UK’s cultural life and economy. Axminster’s support for skills at all levels fits perfectly with our vision of a healthy and viable ‘craft skills ecology’, providing a range of fulfilling careers and pastimes for the next generation.”

 

Heritage Crafts and Sussex Heritage Trust support millwrighting trainee

Adam WinsorA trainee millwright has been awarded a grant to help safeguard one of Sussex’s most endangered craft skills.

Heritage Crafts and the Sussex Heritage Trust (SHT) have awarded the grant through the Heritage Crafts’ Endangered Crafts Fund, which was launched in 2019 to increase the likelihood of endangered crafts surviving into the next generation.

Millwright Fred Maillardet and David Pierce will train 18-year-old volunteer miller Adam Winsor to be trainee millwright at Oldland Windmill in West Sussex and Wicken Windmill in Cambridgeshire.

Restoring and maintaining windmills in the UK is presently mainly carried out by an ageing workforce, made up of a few commercial millwrights and a significantly larger number of volunteers with wood and metal working skills and experience on restoring and maintaining mills.

The craft is critically endangered, partly due to a lack of younger people becoming involved. Training and encouraging individuals such as Adam is a valuable opportunity to pass on the endangered craft skills to the next generation.

Adam WinsorIn 2021 Heritage Crafts published the third edition of its groundbreaking Red List of Endangered Crafts, the first research of its kind to rank the UK’s traditional crafts by the likelihood that they will survive into the next generation. The report assessed 244 crafts to ascertain those which are at greatest risk of disappearing, of which four were classified as extinct, 74 as ‘endangered’ and a further 56 as ‘critically endangered’.

The successful project joins five previous Sussex recipients funded through the partnership between Heritage Crafts and SHT, including two flint wallers, a brick maker, a trug maker and a wallpaper maker. Nationally, 42 projects have been funded through the Endangered Crafts Fund since 2019.

Mary Lewis, Heritage Crafts Endangered Crafts Manager, said:

“For many reasons, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Sussex Heritage Trust to address the specific challenges to endangered skills and knowledge in Sussex, a region renowned for its craftsmanship and material heritage.”

Simon Knight DL, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, said:

“Excellent architecture and design, traditional building skills and craftmanship are an important part of the rich heritage of Sussex. This partnership with Heritage Crafts addresses the particular challenges of these crafts and facilitate the transfer of endangered crafts, building skills and knowledge to the next generation.”

For more information about the Endangered Crafts Fund, email Heritage Crafts Endangered Crafts Manager Mary Lewis at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk or SHT General Manager, Helen Reeve at helen.reeve@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk.

Read the full press release

President’s Award for Endangered Crafts

President’s Award for Endangered Crafts

The President’s Award for Endangered Crafts was established in 2020 by Heritage Crafts President HRH The Prince of Wales. Each year the President’s Award presents £3,000 to a heritage craftsperson who will use the funding to ensure that craft skills are passed on to the future. In 2022, a runner-up grant of £1,000 is also available thanks to a generous donation from Patricia Lovett MBE. 

The Heritage Crafts published the latest edition of its groundbreaking Red List of Endangered Crafts in 2021, which revealed that there are 130 endangered crafts in the UK. Crafts deemed critically endangered range from bell founding and damask weaving to orrery making and silver spinning. Other endangered crafts include a number of musical instrument making crafts, including brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, harps and Northumbrian pipes.

Applicants for the President’s Award are invited to submit proposals to help secure the survival of their craft, which must be listed as ‘endangered’ or ‘critically endangered’ on the 2021 edition of the Red List of Endangered Crafts.

The President’s Award will be presented at a special reception at Dumfries House, home of The Prince’s Foundation, as well as at a prestigious Winners’ Reception later in the year.

The Award judges are renowned advocates of craft skills:

  • Jay Blades, BBC The Repair Shop, Jay & Co;
  • Kate Hobhouse, Chair of Fortnum and Mason;
  • Patricia Lovett MBE, Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association;
  • Simon Sadinsky, Deputy Director of The Prince’s Foundation; and
  • Dr Rebecca Struthers, watchmaker and 2021 President’s Award winner.

Jay BladesKate HobhousePatricia Lovett MBESimon SadinskyDr Rebecca Struthers

 

 

 

 

 

 

HCA Chair Patricia Lovett said:

“The UK has a hugely rich cultural heritage of craft skills which can be regarded as important as our great historical buildings and treasured objects – all the result of great craftsmanship. However we are in danger of losing a number of these crafts where our research has found that in some cases there are only one or two makers left. Heritage Crafts hopes that by focusing on endangered crafts with this wonderful award initiated by our President, The Prince of Wales, the craft skills will be passed on to future generations.”

Applications were invited from those practising a craft listed as ‘endangered’ or ‘critically endangered’ on the 2021 edition of the Red List of Endangered Crafts. Applicants must explain how they will use the £3,000 award to help secure the survival of their craft.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 May 2022 at 5pm. Finalists will be expected to attend a high-profile Winners’ Reception in Winter 2022/3. The winner will also be expected to attend a presentation at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland, in Autumn 2022.

Click here to download the application form including further instructions