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Past events

Symposium on Precious Metal Skills

Heritage Crafts and the The Royal Mint are bringing together expert practitioners in precious metal crafts from a broad industry base to Somerset House on 25 July to create a consensus across the industry of what is required to support at-risk skills.

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Red List of Endangered Crafts at Craft Festival

Join us at Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey from 9 to 11 June for a celebration of the practitioners of endangered crafts featured on the Red List of Endangered Crafts 2023 edition. Come and meet our demonstrators and chat to them about how they are keeping their respective crafts alive!

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Symposium on Traditional Wooden Boat Building Skills

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.

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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 APPLICATIONS FOR BURSARY PLACES HAVE NOW CLOSED Where: Museum of Making, Silk Mill Lane,...

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Crefftwr | Heritage Crafts in Wales

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.

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The Science of Making – part of London Craft Week

This panel event on 7 October 2021, organised by the HCA and Dr Rebecca Struthers as part of London Craft Week and sponsored by Smith of Derby and The Watch Club, will explore the invaluable and sometimes surprising links between science and making.

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Radcliffe Red List launch

Photo by Simon Trueman -'Tyring a wheel at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Shropshire'
The Heritage Crafts Association and the Radcliffe Trust shone a spotlight on the UK’s most endangered crafts at the prestigious launch of their Red List project at the House of Lords.

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A Place for Craft – the HCA Conference 2015

Genevieve Sioka

A Place for Craft was the theme for 2015’s conference which was held on Saturday 9th May at the V&A Museum. The conference highlighted the relationship between crafts and location – focusing on those crafts which have developed in particular regions or locations, and why craftspeople have chosen to live and work in areas with a special tie to their craft.

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Tool Tales – the HCA Conference 2014

Tool Tales

We returned home to the roots of traditional craft by going to Carpenters’ Hall, one of the main Livery Companies of the City. Unless you are a Liveryman, you don’t get to see the inside of this beautiful building, and if you like wood, then this was heaven!

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Manifesto for Making – the HCA Conference 2013

Heritage Crafts Awards Winners 2013.

The theme for the third annual HCA conference was ‘Manifesto for Making’. With a fantastic line up of speakers, we asked delegates and speakers to contribute to the Manifesto for Making before and on the day. We asked: Why is Making Important?; Where Should Crafts Be?; How Do We Get There? Most importantly we asked our speakers what making actually means to them at a very personal level, why do they do what they do?

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Making Matters: Marketing Makers 2013


The morning (Making Matters) was spent with key speakers talking about how important craft and making is. The keynote speaker was John Hayes Minister without Portfolio. Lord Cormack, former Chair of the All Party Arts and Heritage Group and HCA Patron, also gave a short talk about the significance of making. This was followed by The Future of Craft – views of Craft Visionaries, chaired by Guy Salter. Where is craft going? What is hot? How should we be pitching our work to target the changing market.

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Crafting Publicity training 2012


In September 2012, nearly 50 craftspeople attended HCA’s first business skills workshop, ‘Crafting Publicity’. Following calls made last year at our Skills Forum, for more business support to be made available to those working in traditional crafts, HCA set about gathering together industry professionals who could pass on their knowledge, expertise and tips.

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Evolving craft communities – the HCA Conference 2012

The 2012 Heritage Crafts Association conference at the V&A had the theme ‘Evolving Craft Communities’. We are live in exciting times as we can exchange and source information freely across the web. How does this change our craft practice and how does it compare to past practices of passing skills? Is it possible to feel connected to other folk we have never met who live in other continents and what sort of meaning does that bring to our lives? How do we make the best use of changes that are happening and new opportunities available to us?

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Craft Skills Forum 2011

On Wednesday 11 May 2011 leaders of the UK craft world came together to discuss issues or craft skills training and how to address them, it was an inspiring and positive day. We had over 100 delegates mostly chairs of the various craft organisations from the weavers spinners and dyers, basketmakers and craft potters to blacksmiths and the Royal College of Needlework.

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Forum 2010

The Heritage Crafts Association’s first forum for traditional craftspeople took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Tuesday 23 March 2010. The over-subscribed forum was the first chance for those involved with heritage crafts – practitioners and associations alike – to be able to come together and consider the current situation, share problems, and suggest solutions and ways forward.

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