Key achievements

The highlights of what the HCA has accomplished with the support of our members  

We do all this through the support of our members, who fund administration and other costs. Please do consider joining us – you don’t have to be a maker, as membership is open to all who love traditional crafts. We really appreciate your support.


  • HCA/Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts – groundbreaking research report launched at the House of Lords in May 2017 outlining the crafts most at risk of dying out in the next generation
  • Getting Crafty in the Classroom – resources for non-specialist teachers at Key Stage 2
  • Manifesto for Making conference at the V&A
  • Tool Tales conference in London focusing on craft tools and makers
  • Making Matters: Marketing Makers, conference in London
  • Marketing for craftspeople teach-in in Sheffield
  • Launch of the new Craft Directory – The Makers
  • Saved wooden ladder making skills: arranged course and online resources to pass them on
  • Took an active part in the steering group for Mapping Heritage Craft, establishing the economic value of craft in England for the first time
  • Re-wrote the National Occupation Standards for Craft with CCSkills
  • Developed the new Craft Trailblazer for apprenticeships
  • Advocated for heritage craft with government ministers and advisers and leading organisations
  • Instrumental in setting up the Craft Industry Board
  • Strategic Partner for London Craft Week 2015
  • Represents heritage craft on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Craft, art and design in education
  • Organised four heritage craft demonstrators for each of the 18 days for the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court for the Prince’s Craft Pavilion
  • Nominated 14 craftspeople for National Honours, all successful
  • Heritage Craft Awards launched 2013, in current year almost £100,000 available for awards and bursaries
  • Took part in a number of conferences including the first UK conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage, at which Robin Wood, HCA Chair, spoke, and the European Crafts Conference in Latvia, at which Dr Pat Reynolds, HCA Co-ordinator spoke.
  • Reviewed progress/change a decade on from the publication of Crafts in the English Countryside
  • Advised special Traditional Crafts programme on BBC1Countryfile November 2014
  • Received an HLF grant to develop the website and pursue partnerships with businesses
  • Reviewed our services for members, and began a development programme
  • Published an update on Crafts in the English Countryside in 2014, highlighting the problems facing crafts in the UK today