Heritage Skills Weekend

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

The weekend of October 20th & 21st was bright and sunny here at the Museum and we were delighted to welcome a group of talented young people to come along and learn heritage skills from the experts.

The heritage skills weekend is part of a bigger youth engagement programme, Ignite Yorkshire, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to give more young people the opportunity to engage with Yorkshire’s industrial heritage.

For two days the Museum hosted a group of 8 young people aged between 14 and 19 to learn carpentry skills with an expert tutor from the Heritage Craft Alliance. Not only did they learn how to use traditional tools and take away practical carpentry skills but they made their unique mark at the Museum by manufacturing bespoke outdoor furniture for the Museum's nature trail.

A small but enthusiastic group also came along to work with our resident Blacksmiths Jayne and Martin. Working at the forge, they used tools and traditional techniques to create their own handcrafted items to take home.

The young people were rightly proud of their achievements and enjoyed the chance to get out of their comfort zone and try something new as well as develop heritage craft skills.

Jayne Young the Education Officer comments “What a fantastic weekend supporting young people to develop heritage craft skills for Ignite Yorkshire. It’s amazing how much can be achieved with expert teaching, the right tools and time to practise.”

A parent commented “My son is so happy that he has had the chance to use all the equipment, be mentored by someone skilled, and contribute to the Museum”

The Museum plans to run further heritage craft workshops so if you want to find out more please sign up to the Museum website: https://www.ncm.org.uk/newsletter-signup

To find out more about Ignite Yorkshire and their exciting projects for young people visit their website at :


To find out more about the work of the Heritage Crafts Alliance visit their website: http://www.heritagecraftalliance.co.uk/



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