Anyone tuning in to last night’s (Sunday 10th September) edition of Countryfile will have seen us featured as part of an investigation by Tom Heap, their Rural Affairs correspondent, into a new report on endangered crafts.
The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Craft was published by the Heritage Crafts Association, who want to see craft protected by Government regulation in the same way we protect our historic buildings.
We were asked about the popularity of craft courses and were happy to report that there is no lack of interest in learning crafts from the British public - as well as international visitors to the UK. With 2000 enquiries week and over a million visitors to the website during the last year there seems to be something of a crafts resurgence in Britain.
TV programmes like Forged in Fire, The Great British Pottery Throwdown and the Great British Sewing Bee have all boosted participation on blacksmithing, ceramics and sewing courses, but there is also huge interest in stone, glass, wood, jewellery - and pretty much all forms of textile art (we have over 110 specialist course categories).