FAQs

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General

What is Heritage Crafts in one sentence?

Heritage Crafts is the UK 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.

What is a heritage craft?

Heritage Crafts defines a heritage craft as a craft that:

  • employs manual dexterity and skill at the point of production;
  • requires an understanding of traditional materials, design and techniques; and
  • has been practised for two or more successive generations.

How do I get an entry added or updated on the crafts list?

Please email Mary at [email protected] with your query about the crafts list.

What is the difference between the crafts list and the Maker Directory?

The crafts list is the research list compiled and updated by Heritage Crafts on all of the heritage crafts in the UK, which is updated alongside the Red List of Endangered Crafts every two years.

The Makers Directory is a Heritage Crafts membership benefit that allows any of the charity’s members to have a profile to showcase their work as a maker.

Where is Heritage Crafts based?

The charity is 100% remote and does not have a bricks-and-mortar office.

Membership

Who can be a member of Heritage Crafts?

Anyone. Heritage Crafts membership is open to all, whether you are a professional craftsperson, an amateur maker, or someone who is craft curious.

Can I become a member if I am international?

Yes. We have members from across the world and are grateful for our international members’ support.

Is Heritage Crafts membership an accreditation for makers?

No. Our membership is a program that provides support to the charity while simultaneously building a community of makers and craft curious people alike who wish to support, engage and learn more about Heritage Crafts. 

Should I be an individual member or business member as an independent entrepreneur?

If you run your own business solo, become an individual member. If your business has multiple people who would like to receive membership benefits, then become a business member (up to five people can receive membership digital content). 

Grants/Bursaries/Awards

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes. 

If I volunteer for Heritage Crafts, am I allowed to apply for funding?

Yes. 

How long will it take to hear back about my application?

It depends on the funding opportunity and the amount of applicants.

Which funding scheme is right for me?

The Endangered Crafts Fund is for practitioners of at-risk crafts featured on the Red List of Endangered Crafts to overcome an obstacle or undertake a project to make their craft more likely to survive.

Training bursaries are for new entrants or early career craftspeople who are unable to progress because of the cost of training.

Heritage Crafts Awards are for recognition of something you have achieved, and usually come with a cash prize.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Swire Charitable Trust
The Royal Mint
Pilgrim Trust
Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation
William Grant Foundation

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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!
Funders and sponsors are helping Heritage Crafts to make its biggest contribution to early-career craft training since the charity was founded in 2010, with over £100k worth of training bursaries launching today.

The new bursaries are intended for talented new entrants and early-career practitioners, who might otherwise be lost to the heritage crafts sector as a result of not being able to afford hands-on craft training at a key moment in their early career. Of the 27 bursaries on offer:

• 11 will be generally available to trainees facing financial hardship, which may be exacerbated by other barriers they are facing, supported by @heritagefunduk, Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation, Newby Trust, Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement, @kendrick_hobbs and Malcolm Gammie.
• 2 will be allocated to Black and ethnically-diverse trainees, who remain under-represented in the sector, supported by the @cityandguildsfoundation.
• 6 will be allocated to veterans of the British Armed Services, supported by the @armybenevolentfund and the Royal British Legion.
• 3 will be allocated to trainees in Scotland, supported by the William Grant Foundation.
• 2 will be allocated to trainees in Wales, supported by the Ashley Family Foundation.
• 1 will be allocated to decorative crafts, supported by the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
• 1 will be allocated to rural crafts, supported by the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.
• 1 will be allocated to an endangered craft featured on the Red List of Endangered Crafts, supported by @soanebritain.

Applicants are invited to apply once using a single application form, and will automatically be considered for the general funding pot as well as all of the categories that apply to them. Visit the linktr.ee in our bio for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 5 July 2024.

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Our fourth 2024 training bursary recipient in precious metal crafts, supported by the @royalmintuk, is Lily Smith.

@lily.the.smith from Dundee will train with Sheffield-based Warren Martin @wm.handmade in the craft of silver spinning – the process of shaping a flat silver disk into a hollow item on a lathe, over a former known as a ‘spinning chuck’. It is a critically endangered craft on Heritage Crafts’ Red List of Endangered Crafts with fewer than 15 practitioners in the UK. Lily will use her new skills to spin for the trade, and would like to pass the craft on to others in the future.

Lily said:
“Spinning is a craft I unexpectedly found and fell in love with. It is an honour and very exciting to be supported by Heritage Crafts, The Royal Mint and many others in continuing this passion. This bursary helps me greatly by giving me the money and motivation to develop my career and art practice that is often hard to find after graduating. This training will allow me to learn in depth and explore the world of metal spinning in a way I had only just begun at university.”

This is a part of an ongoing partnership between Heritage Crafts and The Royal Mint that also saw the presentation of the first ever Precious Metalworker of the Year Award in November 2023, to watch dial enameller Sally Morrison from Glasgow, during a special reception at the College of St George, Windsor Castle, and featuring a trophy specially made by The Royal Mint team. In addition, the two organisations hosted a symposium of precious metal practitioners from across the UK at Somerset House in July 2023 to identify the issues facing the sector and what might be done to relieve them.

Lily’s bursary is supported by The Royal Mint and is one of over thirty to be awarded by Heritage Crafts this year. The next round of applications opens later today.

Read more via the linktr.ee in our bio.

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