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Heritage Skills in Education

Through education, understanding; through understanding, protection...

The Heritage Skills in Education project ran for three academic years, from September 2012 to July 2015, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. During this time, over 600 students from secondary schools, colleges, and universities in the North East took part in a programme of practical craft activities, visited local buildings, met traditional craftspeople, thought about the re-use of historic sites, and wrote conservation management plans. Through the project, young people gained a new understanding of the heritage of their local area and how it could be cherished for future generations, and explored ways in which caring for old buildings could provide a future career for them as they left school, college, or university.

What are Heritage Skills? Heritage skills are all the specialist skills we need to protect, conserve, and maintain historic and traditional buildings for future generations. These include professional skills, such as understanding conservation philosophy, conservation management planning, and specialist building surveying, as well as practical craft skills such as stone masonry, carpentry, and making stained glass windows. Heritage Skills are not often part of mainstream courses at school, colleges, or university, even within construction or architecture departments, but they offer satisfying and sustainable career opportunities for young people.

This website offers teachers, tutors, lecturers and students a variety of resources developed through the Heritage Skills in Education project, for learning about heritage skills and the re-use of historic and traditional buildings. Take a look at the guidance, and if you would like further support or advice please contact skills@nect.org.uk

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