Marsh Heritage Crafts Endangered Crafts Award

HCA/Marsh Endangered Crafts Grant
£1,000 (Marsh Christian Trust)

The HCA Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts was published in May 2017. This research, the first of its kind in the UK, assessed the viability of traditional heritage crafts in the UK and identified those most at risk of disappearing. It found four extinct crafts, 17 critically endangered crafts, 45 endangered crafts and 93 currently viable crafts.

As a result of this groundbreaking research, the Marsh Christian Trust has generously funded an additional award to complement its existing suite of awards. This award will recognise a practitioner of one of the 62 crafts currently listed in the ‘critically endangered’ or ‘endangered’ categories of the Red List (see list of crafts at who is actively promoting their craft and working to secure its survival for the future. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate how the award will be used to help safeguard their craft. Examples might be to help pay for skills transmission to a new generation, to buy and put into use equipment that would otherwise be rendered obsolete, or to develop new markets. Proposals that contribute to the continuation of crafts practice, over those that seek to record a dying practice for posterity, as well as those that outline activity made possible through this award will be favoured.

Nominations for the award can come from any practitioner of, or business owner representing, one of the 62 crafts currently listed in the ‘critically endangered’ or ‘endangered’ categories of the Red List. The winner will be announced and certificate and cheque presented at the HCA Conference in London on 9 March 2019.

Opening date for applications: Saturday 1 September 2018
Closing date for applications: Friday 30 November 2018, 2pm

To apply
Read the application notes and then download an application form

The Marsh Christian Trust, as part of its commitment to grassroots recognition, is working in partnership with the HCA in support of the challenges facing those making good quality heritage craft in the UK today.

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