In 2015, the Heritage Crafts Association received a grant from The Radcliffe Trust to assess the vitality of traditional heritage crafts in the UK and identify those crafts most at risk of disappearing. The assessment of the vitality of each craft – from those which are currently viable to those which are critically endangered – has been made with the help of craftspeople, craft organisations, heritage professionals, funding bodies and members of the public who contributed to the research.

A heritage craft is considered to be viable if there are sufficient craftspeople to transmit the craft skills to the next generation.

Here is the 2019 list:

If you would like to find classes in basketmaking or chair seating please take a look at West Dean College’s list of short courses.

I am interested in sharing chair seating skills with someone who intends to carry on with the craft & trade, email: [email protected]