• For most of our history, making things by hand was the norm, and the skills were passed from one generation to the next. In this digital age, when so many spend their days in front of a computer screen, the Read More
  • Support the HCA by joining our Friends' scheme. There are two ways in which you can become a member – as an Individual Friend or as an Affiliate Friend (organization or larger business). In case of difficulty, please contact the Administrator: Read More
  • The Heritage Crafts Association Directory brings you examples of the work of our many members.  You can search by the craft form, by makers’ name, by county, and in other ways to find what you seek.Makers: becoming a Friend enables Read More
  • The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the advocacy charity for traditional heritage crafts. In just over five years it has made significant achievements in the recognition and celebration of traditional crafts, from hand-spinning and green woodworking to cutlery and shoemaking. Read More
  • Getting Crafty in the Classroom “Crafts can be invisible in the classroom, and teachers can be nervous about introducing craftwork as part of the curriculum. These materials make it easier for teachers to show children that crafts are an important Read More
  • A Portfolio of Resources The Heritage Crafts Association is building a portfolio of resources to support craftspeople (including apprentices and other trainees), teachers, researchers, fundraisers and others. You will find links below to these resources. If there are resources you Read More
  • Funders for craft training, projects and businesses are varied.  We have attempted to link to the most useful sources of information.  Please help others by letting us know of ommissions and errors. Read More
  • UPDATE: The QEST apprenticeships are now open to trainees of any age.  Institutions/businesses/trainers may apply without a specific trainee in mind.  The deadline has been extended to 2pm on Monday 1st December 2014.   This is the second year that Read More
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The advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts

  • Manifesto for Crafts Education
    Manifesto for Crafts Education The HCA’s highly successful and rewarding Manifesto for Making at the Spring Conference last year, the findings of the Mapping Heritage Crafts focus groups, and…