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Symposium on Precious Metal Skills

Symposium on Precious Metal Skills

When: Tuesday 25 July 2023, 10am to 3.30pm
Where: Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Cost: Entry to this event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Heritage Crafts and the The Royal Mint are bringing together expert practitioners in precious metal crafts from a broad industry base to Somerset House to create a consensus across the industry of what is required to support at-risk skills.

The symposium will aim to raise awareness and drive support for at-risk skills within precious metal crafts such as gold and silversmithing, medal making, metal thread manufacture, gilding, hand engraving and many others.

The day is supported by the Royal Mint and The Pilgrim Trust and will be opened with a keynote address from Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint. The remainder of the day will include talks from practitioners, a panel discussion and breakout discussions on issues affecting skills transmission.

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Red List of Endangered Crafts at Craft Festival

Red List of Endangered Crafts at Craft Festival

DemonstratorsWhere: Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AL
When: 9 to 11 June 2023, 10am to 5pm

Join us at Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey this June for a celebration of the practitioners of endangered crafts featured on the Red List of Endangered Crafts 2023 edition. Craft Festival is one of the most prestigious and much loved craft events in the UK. Over 200 of the UK’s finest makers will be exhibiting and this year’s programme is brimming with workshops for all ages, demonstrations, children’s activities and entertainment, street theatre, festival food and live music.

Our ‘Yurt of Endangered Crafts’ in 2019 was a huge success and we are back bigger and better than before with a ‘Marquee of Endangered Crafts’ to mark the recent launch of the 2023 edition. Come and meet our demonstrators and chat to them about how they are keeping their respective crafts alive!

  • Anna Rennie, maille making
  • Catherine Ade, lithography
  • Coates Willow, basketwork furniture making
  • Danni Bradford, reverse glass
  • Dave French and Sarah Ready, withy pot making
  • Hugh Dunford Wood, wallpaper making
  • Katie B Morgan, fairground art
  • Paula Carnell, bee skeps
  • Rachel O’Connell, marbling
  • Robert Ely, ribbon making
  • Two Rivers, paper making

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Heritage Crafts members receive a 10% discount on tickets – contact us for the discount code

Craft Skills for the Future seminar – inspiring the next generation

Craft Skills for the Future seminar – inspiring the next generation

Where: Museum of Making, Derby
When: Friday 24 March 2023, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Heritage Crafts in collaboration with Derby Museums invites heritage craftspeople, educators, policymakers and young people, to Crafts Skills for the Future: empowering the next generation, a seminar at the Museum of Making, Derby, on Friday 24 March 2023.

The seminar will focus on the unprecedented challenges the next generation are going to face in relation to the environment, the economy, and what constitutes fulfilling and ethical work in an ever more populous world. Among the tools they will need to face these challenges are undoubtedly the knowledge, skills and practices that have been built up over generations by heritage crafts practitioners.

It will explore how we can engage young people and embed their voices within the decision-making processes of policymakers, public bodies, museums and charities in order to ensure that their interests and perspectives are reflected when it comes to safeguarding craft skills for the future.

The seminar will be taking place alongside two unique craft workshops for young people delivered by rug tufter Denzel Currie and textile artist Abigail Wastie.

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Symposium on Traditional Wooden Boat Building Skills

Symposium on Traditional Wooden Boat Building Skills

When: Saturday 8 October 2022, 10am to 4pm
Where: Bristol Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Spike Island, Bristol BS1 6XN and Underfall Yard
Cost: Entry to this event is free and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch or purchase from the Underfall Café.

We have a rich maritime tradition in the UK and a vibrant community of craftspeople building a wide range of boats, but are our traditional wooden boat building skills at risk?

Heritage Crafts and the Wooden Boat Builders Trade Association are bringing a group of experts and stakeholders together to ask this question and to consider the case for traditional wooden boat building being added to the Red List of Endangered Crafts, with the generous support of the Pilgrim Trust.

We will be joined by a panel of industry experts who will give presentations, participate in a panel discussion and be on hand for questions during the day. The aim for the day is to engage attendees in discussion and to actively consult with all participants. You will be asked to complete a survey when booking in order to gather boat building data to inform our discussion.

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  • Gail McGarva is a traditional wooden boat builder. Her specialist area is the building of replicas, or as she prefers to call them ‘daughterboats’, breathing life into a new generation of traditional boats. Gail integrates her work as a traditional boat builder with her work as a speaker and workshop facilitator, bringing to life the stories all boats have to tell about their communities and their shores.
  • Colin Henwood is a boat builder with 40 years of experience in building, restoring and caring for wooden boats on the Thames. He is the current Chair of the Wooden Boat Builders Trade Association. He also writes, teaches practical boat building skills and provides consultancy on traditional wooden boats.
  • Eivind Falk is Director of Håndverksinstituttet the Norwegian Crafts Institute. In 2019 he was instrumental in supporting the nomination of Nordic clinker boat traditions for inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, an international acknowledgement that the building and use of Nordic clinker-built boats should be preserved for the future.
  • Stephen Beresford is Senior Conservator, Chartered Engineer and Maritime Heritage Consultant at Windermere Jetty Museum. He is also a skilled traditional boat builder with a passion for conserving historic vessels.
  • Will Reed is Principal of the Boat Building Academy Lyme Regis. Will is a passionate maker and has spent many years working professionally as a furniture designer/maker and boat builder. Teaching has always been an important part of life and through the BBA Will helps to pass on the knowledge through first class training.

There will also be a tour of Underfall Yard and an opportunity to visit the maritime businesses that are based in the historic site. Underfall Yard was restored from a derelict state into a thriving boatyard of separate small companies around a Trust operated Slipway. It also has a visitor centre and café.


How to find the Create Centre

The Create Centre is in one of the three large red brick warehouses in Cumberland Basin, halfway between Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain.

On foot

  • The city centre is only 1.8 miles away – a pleasant 30-minute walk along the docks.
  • Temple Meads railway station is about 2 miles and Broadmead bus station 2.5 miles.

By bike

  • From the city centre the Festival Way cycle track runs alongside Cumberland Road (riverside) to Create and on to Long Ashton.
  • From Bedminster the cycle track crosses Greville Smyth park, crossing the old railway bridge and on to Create.
  • From Pill the cycle track runs along the old rail track, under the suspension bridge and over the old rail bridge and on to Create.
  • Plenty of cycle parking is provided inside and outside the building, and showers and lockers are available for visitors.
  • Visit for bike route maps and to read about their fantastic loan bike scheme.

By bus

  • Long Ashton Park & Ride to city centre operated by First West of England
  • The m2 serves Long Ashton Park & Ride, Ashton Vale, Ashton Gate, Cumberland Basin, Spike Island, Redcliff Hill, Temple Meads, Cabot Circus and Broadmead. Please visit for more information.
  • The 505 Wessex Connect bus stops at Merchants Road, Hotwells. This service runs from Southmead to Bower Ashton via Redland, Clifton and Hotwells.
  • A number of out of town bus services run regularly from Broadmead bus station and the city centre along Hotwells Road, stopping just before Junction Lock Bridge, marked by the red dot above. Buses that stop here are the 71, 505, 903, Portway Park & Ride, X1 all the way through to X9, including X3A, and X54.
    For full details of the bus timetables and routes, please call TRAVELINE South West on 0871 200 22 33

By train

  • Temple Meads railway station, serviced by trains from across the country, is situated around two miles from Create, approximately 45 minutes walk or a short taxi ride. You can also hire a Brompton folding bike from Temple Meads Station, available 24/7 from fully automated docks. For more information please visit Brompton Bike Hire at

By car

  • There is very limited permit parking at the Create Centre as well as 3 hour Pay and Display. As an environment centre they positively encourage other forms of transport. If you must come by car, please allow plenty of time to park as you may have to park within a five minute walk of the centre.
  • The car park immediately adjacent to Create includes 5 accessible bays; a ‘blue’ badge must be displayed when using these and your badge will act as your permit.
  • Long Ashton and Portway Park and Ride services are available with the buses stopping on Hotwells Road. For more information visit
Tinsmithing Masterclass

Tinsmithing Masterclass

When: Due to popular demand, we are now running two courses!

  • 5-day course, 12 to 16 September 2022, 10am to 4pm FULLY BOOKED 
  • 5- day course, 19 to 23 September 2022, 10am to 4pm


Where: Museum of Making, Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
Tutor: Karl Schmidt (Dakota Tinworks)
Price: £250 including materials and refreshments. The are two free bursary places available – see * below. Please bring your own lunch or buy from the Museum restaurant.

Using tools and techniques of 19th century tinsmiths, students will learn how to lay out projects using patterns, cut and shape tinplate, and assemble shaped tinplate pieces into items they can take home, such as a tin cup or tankard, a tin sconce, tin ornaments and icicles, cake/biscuit cutters, or a lantern. They will make multiple items, each one enabling them to build skills and techniques, leading to the next project and level of complexity over the course of the five-day workshop. They will learn how to develop patterns, learn shop safety, use of basic tinsmith’s tools, how to successfully use tinsmith’s stakes, operate hand-crank tinsmith’s machines, soldering, and other aspects of tinsmithing, including traditional construction techniques while applying them to specific creative tasks.

The workshop will give participants a first-hand understanding of tinsmithing as a recognised heritage craft. Students will receive individual guidance from the instructor as they work on their projects.

Students will need to bring safety glasses (they don’t need to be expensive ones) and a pair of thin leather gloves or thin synthetic gloves that are cut-resistant.

*There are two free bursary places available on application. If you feel that you would benefit from this training but can’t afford to fund your own place, please apply below. We will be assessing applicants based on their financial need and also on how their skills will help to safeguard the critically endangered craft of tinsmithing for the future. The deadline for bursary applications is Friday 29 July at 5pm.


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Crefftwr | Heritage Crafts in Wales

Crefftwr | Heritage Crafts in Wales

When: 12 May to 12 June 2022
Where: Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth CF64 3DH

The Turner House and Heritage Crafts presented an exhibition which celebrates the makers keeping traditional crafts alive in Wales, featuring heritage craft practitioners and members of Heritage Crafts based in Wales. This exhibition was made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Documenting heritage craft skills from the critically endangered to the thriving… shoemaking to lithography, basketmaking to thatching… this exhibition celebrated the people keeping traditional ways of working alive and highlights the Welsh context as hotbed for craft.

Visitors saw exceptional examples of handmade original crafts alongside personal accounts of changing craft landscape and a specially commissioned photographic series by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd which documents the makers in the studio environment.

This was a fabulous opportunity for visitors to see the people that are keeping our crafting traditions alive in Wales.

“[We are] part of a movement which nurtures craft skills and the ethos of repairability, making smaller numbers of items to last and be loved for a lifetime”
Ruth Emily Davey, shoemaker (photograph by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd)

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