A voice for craft

The national charity for heritage craft skills

Supporting craft heritage

We are the national charity set up to celebrate, support and safeguard traditional craft skills, and to facilitate a national conversation about their importance to everyone now and in the future.

We are passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to craft skills that have developed over generations, and which we believe will be vital in helping us tackle the challenges of the future – and to be able to enjoy making as part of a fulfilled life.

Our Patron is His Majesty King Charles III.

About us

The Makers

Discover the craftspeople on our Makers Directory

The Skills

Browse our list of 259 UK heritage crafts, including those deemed at-risk

Training bursaries

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Awards

Nominate someone for our Heritage Crafts Awards

Latest stories

Six more grants to help save endangered crafts

Six more grants to help save endangered crafts

block printing
Andrew Grundon in Conversation

Andrew Grundon in Conversation

marionette making
His Majesty The King to retain patronage of Heritage Crafts

His Majesty The King to retain patronage of Heritage Crafts

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Heritage Crafts was set up just fourteen years ago. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, advocating at the highest levels for crafts, publishing the Red List of Endangered Crafts, and distributing 66 grants through the Endangered Crafts Fund. We have awarded 30 training bursaries, established the Heritage Crafts Awards and shone a spotlight on our world-renowned makers through 30 National Honours successes.

Many more people are now aware of traditional crafts and the objects produced by those who carry in their hands, heads, and also hearts the skills and techniques that have been passed down through the generations.

To continue this work we need your support. Please consider making a donation, however big or small, to help ensure that heritage craft skills in the UK are given the opportunity to thrive.

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Becoming a Member

Join our growing craft community that is helping to support, promote and safeguard heritage crafts skills for the future.

Becoming a Benefactor

For those who are able to provide an additional level of support for our work, find out about our Benefactor scheme.

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Have you seen our new website? We have launched a brand new site combining our previous three sites into one mobile-friendly platform with a modern design, a password protected members’ section, and the flexibility to adapt as we grow over the next few years. Please bear with us as we continue to populate the site and if you have any issues curating your Makers profile please let us know.

https://heritagecrafts.org.uk

This was funded by the @heritagefunduk and made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

📷 @meandyoucreates
Join us from 7 to 9 June at our Marquee of Endangered Crafts at the 20th Anniversary @craftfestival in Bovey Tracey where we’ll be featuring fan maker @fantheglorywithtori, pigment maker @londonpigment, marionette maker @buddyollie,  Devon stave basket maker @johnwilliamson.dartmoor, letterpress printer @theletterpresscollective, maille maker @artisansilversmith, willow furniture makers @coatesenglishwillow and withy pot maker @willowcrabpots, as well as talks with @craftivists and @thecrafter_uk.

Booking via the linktr.ee in our bio.
Join Heritage Crafts in conversation with period tailor Zack Pinsent @pinsent_tailoring at 7pm on 11 June, for a special extended edition to mark our 50th In Conversation event.

A self-taught tailor and social media influencer, Zack Pinsent ceremonially burned his last pair of jeans at the age of 14, and has not worn an article of modern clothing since. He operates Pinsent Tailoring in Brighton, crafting bespoke items reflecting fashion of the late 17th through early 20th centuries and shares his skills and passion with enthusiasts, students and new audiences. Zack will talk about the craft that underpins his public profile, his love for tailoring rooted in history and his hope for the next generation of makers. The event will also celebrate our new partnership with the @costume_society to support UK fashion textile makers.

The session will take place on Zoom and attendees must register in advance on Eventbrite via the linktr.ee in our bio. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.
‘Neon, kilts, cricket bats: artisans gather to shine a light on Britain’s endangered crafts’ in the @guardian

“’Over the centuries, crafts have ebbed and flowed; some die out but others grow to replace them,’ says Daniel Carpenter, executive director of Heritage Crafts, the charity that produces the [bi]annual red list of endangered skills. ‘But what we’re seeing now is something different...’”

Read more via the linktr.ee in our bio.

📷 Kilt maker @graemebonefashion by Iain Brown
His Majesty The King to retain patronage of Heritage Crafts

Following His Majesty The King’s Accession in September 2022, a major review of more than 1,000 Royal Patronages and charity Presidencies has been undertaken. To mark the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation, the outcome has today been shared, with Heritage Crafts amongst the charities to be retained.

Members of the Royal Family are proud to maintain close associations with more than 1,000 charities, military organisations, and professional and public service bodies, both in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth. Royal patronage highlights the vital work of these organisations and allows their many achievements and valuable contributions to society to be more widely recognised and promoted.
‘Craft comes out of the shadows’ in yesterday’s @financialtimes on the forthcoming @londoncraftweek including @lucybarlow.hats at @craftworks.show and @larapaintextiles at @roseuniacke.

“If offering courses is one encouragement, reward for excellence is another. Interior business Rose Uniacke has invited Lara Pain, winner in 2023 of the inaugural Heritage Crafts’ Young Weaver of the Year Award, to take up residence in the brand’s Pimlico Road fabric shop.”

Full article link in our linktr.ee.

📷 Thomas Pratt
Heritage Crafts will be exhibiting at the @craftworks.show @shoreditchth from 15 to 17 May 2024, part of @londoncraftweek. 

We’ll be joined by current President’s Award for Endangered Crafts holder and straw hat maker @lucybarlow.hats who will be demonstrating the skill of stitching straw plait. We will also be sharing a space with guardians of other crafts on the Red List of Endangered Crafts @whitchurchsilkmill and @clockmakerscompany.

At 4.10pm on Wednesday 15th we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Craft Endangerment and the Red List’, and at 1.40pm on Thursday 16th we’ll be hosting another one on ‘Ensuring a Future for Craft Skills in the UK’.

Click the linktr.ee in our bio to reserve your free three-day pass to join us!
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Swire Charitable Trust
The Royal Mint
Pilgrim Trust
Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation
William Grant Foundation

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