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proactive. In some cases, local council policy was having a direct negative effect on traditional craft skills.


Planning decisions at Standard Quay in Faversham, Kent, are the responsibility of Swale Council. Standard Quay was originally built and is still used for shipbuilding and other maritime activities. It is a base for skilled craftsmen including Colin Frake, a master block maker who recently rigged the Cutty Sark and HMS Victory. There is an active apprentice scheme for shipwrights and it is one of only two places to repair historic Thames sailing barges. However, the future of Standard Quay is uncertain; despite its important heritage, Swale Council are supporting a developer who is evicting the craftspeople to make way for cafes and shops which could be built anywhere.


Our Chair, Robin Wood, feels that “Many towns and cities are where they are today due to craft industries; cutlery


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in Sheffield, shoes in Northampton, saddles in Walsall, pottery in Stoke. These trades are an important part of our cultural heritage, yet where many councils support art galleries, theatres, music and heritage buildings, it seems only a few recognise and promote the


traditional crafts. Overlooking


this valuable part of local cultural heritage is a lost opportunity, in terms of contribution to the local economy and providing a regional


identity.


Some councils are doing extremely good work and support crafts across the full range of council services – from business, to arts, to tourism, to heritage, to education and this is what all councils should be striving for.”


After all, we know that the public do value traditional crafts. Recent research by The Balvenie found that 77% of UK adults valued traditional crafts as part of their heritage and 82% were concerned about craft skills dying out.


The full “Council Survey 2011” report is available to download


Links: www.thebalveniemastersofcraft. co.uk www.thequayfilm.net www.colinfrake-classicyachtfittings. co.uk www.savilerowbespoke.com


The Minister’s message of support can be listened to here: www.heritagecrafts.org.uk


Images courtesy of the Heritage Crafts Association


from the HCA website. We hope that this latest research will bolster our campaigning for recognition of traditional crafts. You can back heritage crafts by becoming a Friend of the HCA, visit our website to show your support.


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