The Heritage Crafts at Risk exhibition will take place in the Michael Burton Gallery, Weald & Downland Living Museum and run from 10 June to 22 August.
This exhibition looks closely at a range of traditional crafts which were once a common sight in towns and villages, but which now are sadly very rarely seen at all.
Places such as the Weald & Downland Living Museum are havens for such activities, helping to keep such crafts alive and also to give others the opportunity to take part in them. Indeed, it is part of the mission of the Museum to do so.
This exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA), and a number of craftspeople. An introduction by the HCA gives an overview of the many crafts at risk, their own work in helping to arrest such crafts decline and provide support for those that are still active. The main body of the exhibition focusses on a number of those crafts deemed ‘At Risk’ by the HCA, which are associated with the Museum in some way; either they are taught at the Museum, demonstrated here or carried out as a regular activity. The exhibition is text and image based, and is further illustrated by activity on site throughout this period of time, especially during the Historic Life Weekend of Heritage Crafts at Risk.