National Honours

There are almost 210,000 of us working in heritage crafts but we have been very poorly represented in the National Honours which come out twice a year on the Queen’s birthday and at New Year. However, the Heritage Crafts Association has been taking action, and we have now been recognised by the Honours Team as an organisation they contact officially requesting suggestions for suitable nominations. It is very time consuming, as we know from the nominations we have made, but it is well worth it to ensure that heritage crafts and craftspeople are nationally recognised.

The Heritage Crafts Association is delighted to have successfully nominated a number of world-class craftspeople. So far these are our successes:

  • Ewan Clayton MBE, calligrapher, 2013
  • Owen Jones MBE, oak swill basketmaker, 2013
  • Malcolm Appleby MBE, hand engraver, 2014
  • Gail McGarva BEM, boat builder,  2014
  • Lida Kindersley MBE, letter cutter, 2015
  • Robin Wood MBE, green woodworker, 2015
  • Ray Key BEM, woodturner, 2015
  • Jane Short MBE, enameller, 2015
  • Roger Bucknall MBE, guitar maker, 2015
  • Hector Cole MBE, arrowsmith, 2016
  • Lisa Hammond MBE, potter, 2016
  • Wim Visscher MBE, vellum maker, 2017
  • Felicity Irons BEM, worker in rush, 2017
  • John Lord BEM, flintknapper, 2017
  • Kaffe Fassett MBE, textile designer and maker, 2018
  • Martin Frost MBE, disappearing fore-edge painter, 2019