Heritage Crafts Association

Heritage Crafts Association

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Education
  • Museums / heritage
  • Training / employment support

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


We have an incredible range of craft skills in the UK and some of the best craftspeople in the world. These skills will only survive if they live in each generation - but many of these skills are in the hands of an ageing population and could be extinct in the next five years. The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the only organisation that exists to safeguard and promote traditional craft skills in the UK.

Working in partnership with government and key agencies, the HCA provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future. Our charitable remit is to advance public knowledge and appreciation of traditional and heritage crafts, in particular, but not exclusively, through education, advice and training.


Our aim is support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage. We do this by:

  • Surveying - researching the status of heritage crafts, identifying those crafts in decline or in imminent danger of being lost, and addressing the issues to ensure their survival.
  • Advocating - communicating the vital importance of the heritage crafts to Government, key agencies and organisations.
  • Celebrating - raising awareness and raising the status of heritage craft skills with the wider public through a programme of public relations, communications and showcase events.
  • Safeguarding - working in partnership with key agencies in the education and learning sectors to identify and support new and innovative ways to ensure that the highest standard of heritage skills are passed from one generation to the next and where necessary recorded for posterity.
  • Supporting - to support heritage crafts through a range of means, including advice, networking, training and access to public and private funding.

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