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Endangered crafts for young people

On the 18th of November, 1720 brings together young people, individual makers and crafts businesses to to show endangered crafts and share the craftspeople's stories and passion with young people to inspire them to consider a future in crafts and learn about the importance crafts still hold in our modern society. 

Please note that this event has been postponed to May 2024.
We will be back bigger and
better next year.

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Elizabeth Ashdown-crafthub-passementerie artwork Long Loop
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2 FOR-WEB-by-Jeff-Gilbert copy

Participating craftspeople:

Oliver Hymans (QEST scholar), Libby Ashdown,

Vicki Ambery-Smith (Art Workers Guild), Sarah Burns

Date: Saturday, the 18th of November 2023

Location: Regent’s University London


  • 11 to 18-year-old young people from under-represented communities, as part of the Discover Creative Careers week.

  • The Crafts Council‘s Young Craft Citizens, a collective of 16-30-year-olds interested in shaping the future of craft, design and making in the UK.

  • 11 to 18-year-old young people from selected London schools focusing on teaching real-life skills.

  • The City & Guilds of London Art School's wider student community.


Throughout the day, craftspeople and businesses will share their stories and their passion to showcase the different avenues to working in crafts and the broad span of the crafts industry, from individual makers to crafts businesses.

All participating craftspeople are preserving unique cultural heritage and in many cases endangered crafts.

To ensure a future for these crafts young people need to pick up the tools. For young people, a career in crafts offers an alternative path to academic studies. A career in crafts is full of opportunities to develop a broad range of skills and to create beautiful objects.

This event will facilitate meetings between young people interested in crafts and crafts businesses.

Towards the end of the day, a panel will discuss different paths into crafts and career opportunities for young people. The panel will be chaired by Kerstin Rice, founder of 1720. Participants include representatives of Heritage Crafts and QEST.

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If you are interested in taking part in or supporting the event, please email us at

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