A gift in your will

Leaving a legacy for heritage crafts

A gift in your Will helps ensure that the next generation of makers have access to the craft skills that have developed up over many generations, many of which are in danger of being lost forever.

After you have provided for your loved ones, please do consider how leaving a gift to Heritage Crafts might help us fulfil our vision of a society in which heritage craft skills are acknowledged as being of vital importance, and are nurtured and celebrated accordingly.

We were founded in 2010 and have been growing steadily ever since, but there is always so much more that we wish to do and applying for funding from Trusts and Foundations is becoming more competitive. Your legacy could play an important part in the future we want to create.


How to leave a gift in your Will

Using a solicitor to make or update your Will ensures that your wishes are carried out after you’re gone. You may have a solicitor already, or you can ask family or friends for a recommendation. You may wish to use one of the many online Will writing services that can assist you. The Law Society also has a Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme to help you find a solicitor specialising in Will writing.

If you would like to leave a gift to Heritage Crafts there are two main types of gifts:

  • A residuary gift – is made from whatever is left over after all other gifts of money or specific items have been made. You can leave a share or percentage of the residue to Heritage Crafts. The great thing about a residuary gift is that you don’t need to worry about whether your estate will be able to afford it. This is because if your assets decrease a lot in your lifetime, a the value of teh gift will also decrease in proportion. A residuary gift allows for your loved ones to be look after first, and then a percentage of what remains can be left to charity.
  • A pecuniary gift – is a fixed sum of money. It’s worth remembering that its value can be eroded by inflation over time

Our suggested wording if you would like to include a residuary gift to Heritage Crafts in your Will:

“I give to the Heritage Crafts Association (Registered Charity Number 1159208) of 81 North Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NA the whole /  [insert share as a %] share of my residuary estate absolutely to be used for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Heritage Crafts Association’s Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge of my executor[’s][s’] duty.”

… or a pecuniary gift:

“I give to the Heritage Crafts Association (Registered Charity Number 1159208) of 81 North Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NA the sum of £……………….. [insert amount in figures] absolutely to be used for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Heritage Crafts Association’s Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge of my executor[’s][s’] duty.”

Did you know that charitable gifts in your Will are free of UK inheritance tax? Moreover, such gifts are deducted before inheritance tax is calculated, so can help bring down the amount of inheritance tax payable on the rest of your estate? Your solicitor, financial adviser or accountant can help you with inheritance tax planning.

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

Craft inspiration direct to your inbox

Become a Heritage Crafts Fan and receive a free monthly newsletter about craft announcements, events and opportunities.


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.


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!
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.

📷 @sunturned