Awards

The Heritage Crafts awards

Heritage Crafts set up the prestigious Heritage Crafts Awards in 2012. We are indebted to our partner organisations for providing funding to allow us to present a unique suite of awards and bursaries specifically for traditional crafts. We are so grateful for this generous support.

The Heritage Crafts Awards celebrate and highlight the traditional living crafts made in the UK that contribute to our national heritage, such as silversmithing, woodworking, dressmaking and tailoring, leatherworking, pottery, building crafts, upholstery, weaving, embroidery and similar other crafts where there is a significant degree of hand skill at the point of manufacture.

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Precious Metalworker of the Year Award

Precious Metalworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Woodworker of the Year Award

Woodworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Fashion and Textile Maker of the Year Award

Fashion and Textile Maker of the Year Award

£2,000
Leatherworker of the Year Award

Leatherworker of the Year Award

£2,000
Potter of the Year Award

Potter of the Year Award

£2,000
Young Woodworker of the Year Award

Young Woodworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Metalworker of the Year Award

Young Metalworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Leatherworker of the Year Award

Young Leatherworker of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

Young Building Craftsperson of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Upholsterer of the Year Award

Young Upholsterer of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Weaver of the Year Award

Young Weaver of the Year Award

£1,000
Young Embroiderer of the Year Award

Young Embroiderer of the Year Award

£1,000

Previous award winners

Lucy Barlow – hat maker

Sally Morrison – watch dial enameller

Tom Ball – woodcarver

Message from the Former Prince of Wales

“As President of the Heritage Crafts Association, I am delighted to endorse this new awards scheme which supports and rewards excellence in the heritage craft sector.

Crafts are such a vital part of our British heritage and I have always been passionately concerned to promote the best aspects of our country’s traditions ― and, equally importantly, to enable these highly specialised skills to be transferred from one generation to the next.

These new awards for heritage craft celebrate excellence across the sector in a variety of ways. They reward those who give so much by volunteering to support the many different crafts, those who pass on their skills, those who wish to improve their craft skills and those who continue to produce great British craft.”

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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
Many people are dissuaded from training in endangered heritage crafts because of the cost, and therefore the make-up of the sector is not truly representative of the mix of backgrounds that make up the nation as a whole. This bursary has been set up to help cover or subsidise the cost of training for someone who would otherwise be prevented from pursuing this career path as a result of the cost.

You could be just starting out on your journey in craft or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be a maker who is looking to further develop your endangered heritage craft skills.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of the training provided and the likelihood of continuation and gainful employment. The training will be overseen by relevant tutors or trainers as nominated by the successful candidate and approved by Heritage Crafts assessors. This can include either accredited courses or informal learning identified by the applicant, and the quality of the training will be verified by Heritage Crafts staff before any funding is awarded.

Our training bursary in endangered crafts is supported by @soanebritain and is part of a wider scheme of training bursaries currently available. Find out how to apply via the linktr.ee in our bio. The deadline is 2 August 2024.

📷 @valentine_instruments