Heritage skills weekend offers careers advice with a traditional twist

Artist Andrew Vickers who will be demonstrating his skills at the event.

Members of the public are being offered the rare chance to try their hand at some of the region’s oldest and rarest traditional crafts next month.

Everyone from a stained glass expert to a stone mason are being lined up to demonstrate their art at the free, two-day ‘Heritage Skills’ event which is held at Sheffield’s Woodland Gallery in Stannington.

The event – which takes place on the weekend of March 28th and 29th – is hoping to encourage more people to take up traditional crafts and learn new skills as a result.

The Sheffield area is home to scores of independent operators that have made their careers learning and keeping heritage skills alive.

The special taster weekend offers demonstrations in:


  • Blacksmithing
  • Environmental art/crafts
  • Lime mortar
  • Willow crafts
  • Making wooden bowls and spoons
  • Stained glass
  • Stone masonry and stone walling
  • Hedgelayer
  • Stake maker/wood splitter

Organiser Richard Godley said: “We’re hoping to use the free weekend to introduce the benefits of heritage crafts to scores of new people. They offer everything from making you more employable to amazing mental health benefits.

“We’ve been lucky enough to persuade some of the region’s most skilled craftspeople to come and demonstrate their art over the free weekend.”

The event is organised by the WEA in conjunction with Sheffield Lakeland Partnership.

The free event takes place from 10am until 3pm each day. There is also free car parking. The Woodland Gallery is based at Storrs Wood, Storrs Lane, Stannington, Sheffield S6 6GY.

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