Categories of risk

The Heritage Crafts Red List

Drawing on the conservation status system used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Watchlist, Heritage Crafts uses a system of four categories of risk to assess the viability of heritage crafts. A heritage craft is considered to be viable if there are sufficient craftspeople to transmit the craft skills to the next generation.

Extinct in the UK

Crafts classified as ‘extirpated’ or ‘locally extinct’ are those which are no longer practised in the UK. For the purposes of this research, this category only includes crafts which have become extinct in the past generation.

Critically Endangered

Crafts classified as ‘critically endangered’ are those at serious risk of no longer being practised in the UK. They may include crafts with a shrinking base of craftspeople, crafts with limited training opportunities, crafts with low financial viability, or crafts where there is no mechanism to pass on the skills and knowledge.

Endangered

Crafts classified as ‘endangered’ are those which currently have sufficient craftspeople to transmit the craft skills to the next generation, but for which there are serious concerns about their ongoing viability. This may include crafts with a shrinking market share, an ageing demographic or crafts with a declining number of practitioners.

Currently Viable Crafts

Crafts classified as ‘currently viable’ are those which are in a healthy state and have sufficient craftspeople to transmit the craft skills to the next generation. They may include crafts with a large market share, widely popular crafts, or crafts with a strong local presence. A classification of ‘currently viable’ does not mean that the craft is risk-free or without issues affecting its future sustainability/viability.

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If you are a building craftsperson or conservator aged 25 and under who has done something to be proud of in the last 12 months, please consider applying for the inaugural Young Building Craftsperson of the Year Award, a partnership between Heritage Crafts and @englishheritage. 

Examples of eligible crafts include, but are not limited to, timber framing, stonemasonry, gauged brickwork, heritage tiling and many others. 

Or if you know another young person who might deserve the award, why not nominate them? There is a £1,000 prize for the winning entry to be presented at a high-profile Winners’ Reception in November.

To apply, complete the nomination form via the linktr.ee in our bio before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 6 September 2024.

📷 2023 training bursary recipient @llechen_lan
If you are an upholsterer aged 25 and under who has done something to be proud of in the last 12 months, please consider applying for this year’s Young Upholsterer of the Year Award, a partnership between Heritage Crafts and @sonnaz_. Or if you know another young person who might deserve the award, why not nominate them?

There is a £1,000 prize for the winning entry to be presented at a high-profile Winners’ Reception in November.

To apply, complete the nomination form via the linktr.ee in our bio before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 6 September 2024.
If you are a traditional woodworker aged 25 and under who has done something to be proud of in the last 12 months, please consider applying for this year’s Young Woodworker of the Year Award, a partnership between Heritage Crafts and @axminstertools. Or if you know another young person who might deserve the award, why not nominate them?

There is a £1,000 prize for the winning entry to be presented at a high-profile Winners’ Reception in November. Plus, we will also award an @axminstertools Woodworker of the Year Award, chosen from nominees of any age, with a prize of £2,000.

To apply, complete the nomination form via the linktr.ee in our bio before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 6 September 2024.

📷 2023 winner Harry Morris @htmorrisfurniture
If you are a precious metalworker working in silver, gold or platinum who has done something to be proud of in the last 12 months, please consider applying for this year’s Precious Metalworker of the Year Award, a partnership between Heritage Crafts and @royalmintuk. Or if you know someone else who might deserve the award, why not nominate them?

There is a £2,000 prize for the winning entry to be presented at a high-profile Winners’ Reception in November. Plus, we will also award a Young Metalworker of the Year Award, chosen from nominees aged 25 years and under, with an additional prize of £1,000 provided by Heritage Crafts Benefactors Lucy and Laurence Butcher.

To apply, complete the nomination form via the linktr.ee in our bio before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 6 September 2024.

📷 2023 winner Sally Morrison @anordain
If you are a potter or ceramicist who has done something to be proud of in the last 12 months, please consider applying for the inaugural Potter of the Year Award, supported by the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation. Or if you know someone else who might deserve the award, why not nominate them?

There is a £2,000 prize for the winning entry to be presented at a high-profile Winners’ Reception in November.

To apply, complete the nomination form via the linktr.ee in our bio before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 6 September 2024.

📷 Doug Fitch @fitchandmcandrew by James Hazlewood