Keeping traditional skills alive

Three talented craftspeople will hone traditional skills and help preserve the UK’s rich heritage for future generations with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) thanks to a grant from Allchurches Trust's new heritage funding stream.

Allchurches has announced that it will give £114,000 to QEST to fund two scholars and an apprentice for three years. There is still time to apply for Spring 2019 Craft Funding. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2019, and you can find out more here. The first of the Allchurches Trust craftspeople to benefit will be revealed in May 2019.

This latest grant follows the Trust’s recent funding to support Matt Jacques to embark on a QEST apprenticeship as an architectural leather worker. He is currently being expertly taught by a small team at Bill Amberg Studios, which produces bespoke fittings and furniture for interiors – from private country estates and homes to abbeys, churches, exclusive hotels, restaurants and retail premises.

The team draws on the age-old disciplines of casemaking, saddlery and bookbinding – often using tools and methods that have remained unchanged for centuries. QEST also support scholars and apprentices who are specialists in stone work, ceramics, wood work, rural crafts and many more.

Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “We’re delighted to continue to support the work of QEST and play our part in protecting traditional skills.

“At the heart of our grant-giving is helping individuals and communities to flourish and we see these apprentices and scholars as an important investment in the future of the heritage sector. It’s key for us that so many of the craftspeople that QEST support go on to contribute back into their fields by teaching and mentoring, handing their skills and knowledge down to the next generation. We look forward to meeting the Allchurches Trust apprentices and scholars and helping to tell their stories.”

Allchurches Trust recently announced it is stepping up its support for the protection of the UK and Ireland's heritage by funding three ambitious projects as part of a new heritage grants programme.

As well as the grant to QEST, Historic England has been awarded a £471,091 grant over three years to create six new Historic Environment Advice Assistant (HEAA) heritage apprenticeships. Allchurches is also giving £177,400 over three years to fund an archaeology field school at the former Cistercian Abbey site of Strata Florida in Wales. The school is being developed in partnership between the Strata Florida Trust and the Prince’s Foundation.

Nick Crean, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, said: “This major grant from Allchurches Trust, for which we are so grateful, will allow QEST to help three craftspeople develop their chosen skills and hopefully go on to inspire and teach others. Allchurches Trust’s new heritage grants programme aims to help to preserve and build the sustainable skills needed to care for the nation’s historic environment, both ecclesiastical and secular, which dovetails perfectly with QEST’s aim of supporting excellence in British craftsmanship.” 2.jpg#asset:880